Scam AlertPaul bristolia at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 22 20:28:44 EDT 2005
Darren Garrison wrote:
"Sorry, last post that I'll make on this topic, but
I think this recent (two days ago) article is
important for anyone selling on the internet
to be familiar with. The last page lists the
types of 419 scams:
The many forms of 419 scams
Advance-fee frauds, also known as 419, appear
to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get rich
or find the girl of your dreams. The scams can
involve phony websites, forged documents and
Nigerians in America posing as government
officials. Here are some of the most popular:"
A repository of various types of Nigerian 419 scam emails can be found in
"Nigerian 419 Scams" at:
The former web page has a listing of "Main storylines of advance fee
fraud and other Nigeria-related fraud emails".
One of these story lines is:
"Over-sized cashier's check: Someone wants
to buy your car, bike, horse, boat, trailer, etc.
and will send you a check larger that the
sticker value, asking you to wire the balance
to a "shipping agent" or some other person.
Other examples include appartment or holiday
home rental, purchasing land, hiring a wedding
photographer, getting violin lessons, etc."
Nigeria is not the only country used as a pretext for a 419 scam. For some
reason, many of the 419 scams, which I receive do not involve Nigeria as
the place where either the "next of kin", "laundering crooked money",
"business commission" or "crude oil" scam is based, Rather the country
of choice is Iraq as noted at:
One example of the "laundering crooked money", is " New 419
scam - Iraqi money" at:
Also, I have received 419 scams involving Yukos oil breakup in Russia