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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge deposit" (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)
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms. Jean Wright" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23.05.40 +0100
I PRAY FOR YOU & YOUR
FAMILY FOR GOOD HEALTH.
Let this communication not be a coincidence to you but as God's plan, my name is Ms. Jean Wright a citizen of United Kingdom, I work as an Inspection & Operational manager in my company, where all valuables are being deposited for safety; the name of our Company is TSS (Total Security Services) London, England.
I am here to plead with you to assist me save the life of my only Father who has been sick for years through this business I wish to introduce to you. I have spent so much money on my fathers illness to an extent I run into huge debt that I will not be able to pay back in the next 5 years; God knows that I have not done such before not minding that I am the one in charge the operations but I dont want to wait and see my Company confiscating Mr. Brandon Williams fund which was deposited with our company. Mr. Brandon Williams is a business Tycoon who died on a plane crash in 31 March 2006 with all his family in Team Linhas Aereas Flight Brasil.
Mr. Brandon Williams has intention to setup a privilege home before he died and I wish to see his dreams come true in future as he told me history of his life whenever visited our company to make deposit.
Mr. Brandon Williams made a huge deposit of US$12.6M with our Security Company which was packaged and sealed in a consignment; unfortunately he left nobody as his next of kin to the said deposit as he planned to use the fund to support privileges. As a God fearing person I will like you to stand as NEXT OF KIN to Mr. Brandon Williams and claim the fund out from our Security Company. I will not like our Company to confiscate this fund or divert the fund into their reserve account in Switzerland as unclaimed property.
Please I want you to understand that you will have 50% of the total deposited amount and 40% to build Orphanage Home in memory of Mr. Brandon Williamss family; while 10% should go for me so that I can use it to save the life of my Father who is critical sick in the hospital. I need to discuss this better with you when I receive a positive answer from you and also see your willingness to save the life of my poor Father through this transaction. Secondly when Mr. Brandon Williams made this deposit he did not disclose the content as cash money to our Company for Security reasons, please I will not like you to disclose this also as fund to our Company or anybody involve until you receive/claim out the consignment from our Company. Please I will need to have your information in confident so that I will fix it into our central system as True Next of Kin to Mr. Brandon Williams, FULL NAME, AGE, OCCUPATION, CONTACT ADDRESS, DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER & COPY OF YOUR IDENTITY.
In return of my e-mail I will send to you my own informations so as to know me better, remember that I am doing this to save the life of my sick Father in the hospital and also to make sure that Mr. Brandon Williams and his family dream comes true.
Ms. Jean Wright
Total Security Services