419 Scam – Taking money by scamming
Have you ever been a victim to 419 scam also known as advance fee fraud? Or maybe simply have experienced it without knowing the term or realising that you have been victimised?
419 fraud, commonly known as advance-fee scam, is one kind of confidence trick where the victim gets lost in the world of the fraudster’s promises.
This basically involves the sufferer paying a large sum of money to the scammer who has given his word to him about receiving something valuable in return.
Contracts like this are meant to create a sense of security for the scam victims. Be aware no matter how real these certificates look, they are either stolen or completely forged.
What kind of valuable objects can a person be talking about here? The dishonest person can promise to give him a loan or contract in return for some investment from his side and then elopes after taking the money.
If yes, then you have been a victim to 419 fraud. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated that this type of fraud is quite common as a person in desperate need for something becomes gullible in the face of the trickster’s convincing lies.
In order to identify the scammer, you have to come to professionals like us to get a positive result.
Areas where advance fee fraud is most common
The 419 fraud is also referred to as the Nigerian Prince Scam for a reason. Nigeria, with 6% of scamming rate at present, is the first place where this crime had originated. With the nigarian scams, the criminals earn many millions of dollars. There is a section of the Nigerian Criminal Code which is the namesake of this crime. It is Section 419 of the Act that pertains to and criminalizes this type of fraud.
In which countries are most of the offenders located?
Besides Nigeria there are a lot of scammers in countries like:
- Ivory Coast
It is not easy to find the exact location of the fraudster. Even then, we try our best to get hold of him and send our search parties in the following countries:
- United States (around 61% of criminals)
- United Kingdom (around 16% of criminals)
Apart from these two countries where advance-fee scammers are widespread, this crime also happens in places like,
- The Netherlands
- and Australia.
How 419 scam works
The scammer contacts the victim via email, text message or any social media platform and lures him with lucrative offers of taking a large sum of loan or some very attractive gift.
He might even ask the victim to share his bank account details so that he can transfer money there but actually uses it later to steal the fund.
Do not give your bank details to someone you know from the internet. Your account will either be used to launder money for criminals or it will just be emptied.
You will probably end up believing their lies and get scared into thinking that you would be in a complete mess if you do not take their help. After you send them an initial amount, they will either keep on asking for more or simply vanish with the amount they have.
Avoid advance fee scammers
Though we help you to identify the culprit, it is never too late to be safe by yourself! Consider the following points as precautionary measures:
- Do not reply to any random and unauthorised email asking for money.
- Never send money to someone you met online.
- Be aware of any African individual asking to place your money in any overseas bank account.
- Don’t agree to send money by international fund transfer or wire transfer.
- Guard your bank accounts information and contact the Police if need be.
If you are unsure about whether to trust the concerned person or not, contact us. We will be happy to help you with the correct details.
Although our service costs some money, it can help to protect you from great damage.
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