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Nigerian money scams

Did you get an strange email from Africa offering you a big sum of money?

Then read the following warning below supplied by the US Secret Service:

The 4-1-9 money scam

The perpetrators of Advance Fee Fraud are often very creative and innovative.
This fraud is called "4-1-9" fraud after the section of the Nigerian penal code
that addresses fraud schemes. Nigerian nationals, purporting to be officials of
their government or banking institutions, will fax or mail letters to individuals
and businesses in the United States and other countries. The correspondence
will inform the recipient that a reputable foreign company or individual is
needed for the deposit of an overpayment on a procurement contract. The
letter will claim that the Nigerian government overpaid anywhere from $10 to
$60 million on these contracts. There is the perception that no one would enter
such an obviously suspicious relationship; however, many victims have been
enticed into believing they can share in such windfall profits.

Individuals are asked to provide funds to cover various fees and for personal identifiers such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and other similar data. Once this information is received, the victims find that they have lost large sums of money. It is hard to pinpoint how much has been lost in these scams since many victims do not report their losses to authorities due to fear or embarrassment.

In response to this growing epidemic, the Secret Service established "Operation 4-1-9" to target Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud on an international basis. Indications are that losses attributed to Advance Fee Fraud are in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Agents on temporary assignment to the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, in conjunction with the Regional Security Office, supplied information in the form of investigative leads to the Federal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau (FIIB) of the Nigerian National Police. This project was designed to provide Nigerian law enforcement officials with investigative leads to enable them to enforce their own
jurisdictional violations.

On July 2, 1996, officials of the FIIB, accompanied by Secret Service agents in an observer/advisor role, executed search warrants on 16 location in Lagos that resulted in the arrests of 43 Nigerian nationals. Evidence seized included telephones and facsimile machines, government and Central Bank of Nigeria
letterhead, international business directories, scam letters, and addressed envelopes, and files containing correspondence from victims throughout the world.


Scam variations

As there are many variations of these money scams we will inform you an emails and email messages of these criminals. Pass the word around so more business
men will be aware of these scams.

The role of the Nigerian government

If you would think the officials would do anything to stop it read this story

Actual scams


Email addresses used by African scammers

How you can help to stop these scams?

  • Check which email addresses are used and send a copy of the
    email to the abuse department of the email provider. If the
    reply address is then the abuse
    address would be
  • Send a copy of the email to local authorities / police
  • Tell other business men about this information page, if you have
    a website you might link to this page so thousands of people
    will find this info thanks to you.

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[Source: Nigerian 419 coalition site]

A Five Billion US$ (as of 1996, much more now) worldwide Scam which has run since the early 1980's under Successive Governments of Nigeria. It is also referred to as "Advance Fee Fraud", "419 Fraud" (Four-One-Nine) after the relevant section of the Criminal Code of Nigeria, and "The Nigerian Connection" (mostly in Europe). However, it is usually called plain old "419" even by the Nigerians themselves.

The Scam operates as follows: the target receives an unsolicited fax, email, or letter often concerning Nigeria or another African nation containing either a money laundering or other illegal proposal OR you may receive a   Legal and Legitimate business proposal by normal means. Common variations on the Scam include "overinvoiced" or "double invoiced" oil or other supply and service contracts where your Bad Guys want to get the overage out of Nigeria; crude oil and other commodity deals; a "bequest" left you in a will; "money cleaning" where your Bad Guy has a lot of currency that needs to be "chemically cleaned" before it can be used and he needs the cost of the chemicals; "spoof banks" where
there is supposedly money in your name already on deposit; and "paying" for a purchase with a check larger than the amount required and
asking for change to be advanced. Or the victim will just be stiffed on a legitimate goods or services contract...the variations are very creative
and virtually endless.

At some point, the victim is asked to pay up front an Advance Fee of some sort, be it an "Advance Fee", "Transfer Tax", "Performance
Bond", or to extend credit, grant COD privileges, whatever. If the victim pays the Fee, there are many "Complications" which require still
more advance payments until the victim either quits, runs out of money, or both. If the victim extends credit etc. he may also pay such fees
("nerfund" etc.), and then he is stiffed with NO Effective Recourse.

The Nigerian Scam is, according to published reports, the Third to Fifth largest industry in Nigeria. It is the 419 Coalition view that, in effect, the
elites from which successive Governments of Nigeria have been drawn ARE the Scammers - therefore, victims have little recourse in this
matter. Monies stolen by 419 operations are almost Never Recovered from Nigeria.

Most 419 letters and emails originate from or are traceable back to Nigeria. However, some originate from other nations, mostly also West
African nations such as Ghana, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast ( Cote D'Ivoire ) etc. In most cases 419 emails from other nations are
also Nigerian in that the "Home Office" of the 419ers involved is Nigeria regardless of the source of the contact materials. But there are
occasionally some "local" copycats trying to emulate the success of the Nigerians. These folks tend not to last too long actually operating out of
nations other than Nigeria, but they do try.