The 419 scam is so called because it refers to the "Nigerian Criminal Code" that prohibits cheating and dealing with fraud in Nigeria and other countries in Africa that promises a large amount of money such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting from a bank account etc.
Most people receive emails from people claiming to be bankers and how they have money to give to you. They claim to know you however they really don't know you at all.
Sufferers of email scams never receive this money. Many are even tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain largely unknown. They hide their real identity and location by using made up names and postal addresses.
Many people scam bait these criminal scamsters. But remember they are criminals and if they had their way they will take all your money and even murder you. Under no circumstances reveal your real name, phone number or address.
419 scam/fraud email example:
My name is Mr. Emma Konjo, general secretary City Security Company Ltd Nigeria. This information am going to give you now is secret and confidential between both of us.
There is a consignment containing $30,000,000m(thirty million United States dollars) deposited in our company by one foreign contractor Mr.kufaas Gunnar, but the consignment was declared to our company as family treasure. I discovered the true content in the security volt when am scrutinizing all the deposits in our company. Mr. Mr.kufaas Gunnar deposited this consignment for safe keeping before his untimely death; he died among other passengers in Bellview airline that crashed some time last year. Until today, nobody has come to claim this consignment in our custody. I am honorably seeking your assistance to act as the relation/beneficiary of this consignment to enable our company release this consignment to you.For the smooth claim of this consignment, I will secretly provide you with the documents that will prove your claim to our company as the beneficiary because I have the deposit file of Mr. Kufaas Gunnar on my desk including his deposit certificate and agreement made during the time of deposit. For this transaction, I have decided to offer you 60% of the fund for the major role you are going to play on the successful completion of this transaction and 40% for me. Please if this condition suites you, do not hesitate to reply me immediately so that I will tell you the next step to follow. Kindly include your private telephone and fax number if possible for easy communication. I wish to hear from you soon.
Mr. Emma Konjo
Email scam: frank richard
Here's another one:
It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our business transaction Well I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds without any positive outcome. I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from Paraguay Mr Fernando Alvaro Gomez, Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (F.M.F) and she rendered a tremendous help to us My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully. In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $950,000,00. Nine Hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars in a Cashier's cheque. This is from my own share I did this simply to show appreciation to you for your kind support and assistance even though we could not succeed due to some unforseen circumstances and reason. Presently I am in Paraguay for investment project with my own share under the advice of my partner Meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring this funds despite the fact that we could not succeed I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share or not. In the light of the above you are therefore to contact my lawyer David Johnson and do send him your contact address where you want the cheque to be sent to you, His e-mail address is:firstname.lastname@example.org Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment I am very busy here in Asuncion the capital city of Paraguay because of the investment projects which the new partner and I are having at hand So feel free to get in touch with him to send the cheque to you without any delay.
With My Best Regards Frank Richard