fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Charles Wesley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:17:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear friend,
Â Dear friend,
I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner,I found you listed in the Trade Center Chambers of Commerce directory and decided to contact you for a business opportunity. i'm Charles Wesley a private soldier in the USA army special force and SSA (Secret Service Agent) I am In search of a reliable international investment partnership, to invest the sum of $15.5. million United States Dollars which was deposited by my late father in one of the neighboring country Security Company Vault during his mission as NATO officer in Libya. Â
This funds was meant for buying weapons for the late President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and was acquired legitimately with the deposit documents intact. Both my father and President Muammar Daddafi died during that war between President Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels. However, my father told me about this money before he embarked on that mission which took his life, Now i want to invest this money into a profitable and lucrative business that will be generating income in the future as i'm planning to retire from the military service after my current mission here in Syria.
So i want to know if you are capable of handling this project for me as i do not know what might happen next as soldier our life is always a gamble and that is why i want to invest this money Â so that once i retire i know i have an investment out there on my name to move on with my life because i'm tired of fighting and seeing people dying everyday like flies. I will furnish you with more details on proof of funds upon the receipt of a favorable response from you. Please reply to my private email: email@example.comÂ Looking forward to hear from you soon,