History Main / FourOneNineScam

10th Feb '17 6:49:42 PM karstovich2
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And no, Nigeria does not have a prince or any kind of official royal family. It does have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nigerian_traditional_states some powerless-if-prominent remnants of former tribal monarchies]], but Nigeria has been a federal republic ever since declaring independence from Great Britain in the 1960's.

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And no, Nigeria does not have a prince or any kind of official royal family. It does have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nigerian_traditional_states some powerless-if-prominent remnants of former tribal monarchies]], but Nigeria has been a federal republic ever since declaring independence from Great Britain in 1963. The only princes Nigeria has ever had were [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Philip, Charles, and Andrew]], when the 1960's.country was a [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealth Commonwealth Realm]] 1960-63, with UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen as head of state.
11th Jan '17 11:28:40 PM HotelCalifornia
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The "Nigerian" variant is ''not quite'' a DeadHorseTrope yet; if revelations on scambaiter and British football forums are anything to go by, as a measure of public opinion. Recently, the 419 scam has been spotted with Syria as the country of origin, which is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment unfortunately plausible]] as the current civil war continues. Stereotypes regarding the Middle East (oil, sheiks, etc.) and reports of defectors from the Assad regime may lure the already-susceptible even faster. Also, bizarrely, the UnitedKingdom and UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates are also responsible for this scam. Although ''most'' missives of this nature come to prospective marks as emails, the scam has been around for ''much'' [[OlderThanTheyThink longer than that]], coming as snail-mail. (Some scammers ''do'' still send them as snail-mail, or a similar phone call, particularly to [[http://fraud.org/learn/older-adult-fraud/they-can-t-hang-up elderly people]] who may not use email.) It is sadly quite common for 419 scams to be created in {{UsefulNotes/India}} as shown by scambaiters; the country is also the origin of [[OperatorFromIndia tech support]] scams which get frequently baited and the calls recorded and put on Website/YouTube as once done even by Joel of ''{{WebVideo/Vinesauce}}''.

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The "Nigerian" variant is ''not quite'' a DeadHorseTrope yet; if revelations on scambaiter and British football forums are anything to go by, as a measure of public opinion. Recently, the 419 scam has been spotted with Syria as the country of origin, which is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment unfortunately plausible]] plausible as the current civil war continues. Stereotypes regarding the Middle East (oil, sheiks, etc.) and reports of defectors from the Assad regime may lure the already-susceptible even faster. Also, bizarrely, the UnitedKingdom and UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates are also responsible for this scam. Although ''most'' missives of this nature come to prospective marks as emails, the scam has been around for ''much'' [[OlderThanTheyThink longer than that]], coming as snail-mail. (Some scammers ''do'' still send them as snail-mail, or a similar phone call, particularly to [[http://fraud.org/learn/older-adult-fraud/they-can-t-hang-up elderly people]] who may not use email.) It is sadly quite common for 419 scams to be created in {{UsefulNotes/India}} as shown by scambaiters; the country is also the origin of [[OperatorFromIndia tech support]] scams which get frequently baited and the calls recorded and put on Website/YouTube as once done even by Joel of ''{{WebVideo/Vinesauce}}''.
3rd Jan '17 10:02:12 PM Xtifr
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* Bob Howard of [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries the Laundry]] recalls in a footnote the one time he decided to respond to one of the innumerable 419 messages he gets in his inbox. [[NoodleIncident He doesn't go into much detail]], aside from noting that Laundry Internal Security were less than amused, and made him give back their bank.

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* Bob Howard of [[Literature/TheLaundrySeries the Laundry]] ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' recalls in a footnote the one time he decided to respond to one of the innumerable 419 messages he gets in his inbox. [[NoodleIncident He doesn't go into much detail]], aside from noting that Laundry Internal Security were less than amused, and made him give back their bank.
25th Dec '16 10:08:30 PM Odacon_Spy
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* [[http://xkcd.com/1777/ Thix]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip has an odd example, in that Black Hat Guy is writing one to ''himself'', by hand, ''in his own diary''.
21st Nov '16 4:57:32 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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The '''advance fee fraud''', or the '''419 scam''' after section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code, is a form of internet fraud commonly associated with nationals of the UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}}n state.

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The '''advance advance fee fraud''', fraud, or the '''419 scam''' 419 scam after section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code, is a form of internet fraud commonly associated with nationals of the UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}}n state.
28th Oct '16 3:03:56 PM JoieDeCombat
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* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', it is not directly mentioned, but is implied during the pilot when Nate chooses to set up representatives of Nigeria as a part of their con. [[spoiler: [[KansasCityShuffle In reality, they are really Nigerians and their purpose was for the mark to assume that they were not]]]]

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* On Invoked in the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', it duly titled "The Nigerian Job." The mark is not directly mentioned, told that he's receiving an offer for a contract with the Nigerian government, but is implied during the pilot when suspicious in part because "it's like those email scams with Nigerian bank fraud letters." [[spoiler:Which was exactly what Nate chooses wanted him to set up representatives of Nigeria as a part of their con. [[spoiler: [[KansasCityShuffle think. In reality, they are really Nigerians and their purpose was for fact, the men the mark to assume that they were not]]]]met really ''were'' Nigerian officials, and the mark ends up in serious hot water with the FBI.]]
26th Sep '16 2:48:52 PM pinkdalek
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* An arc in ''Series/TheNightShift'' shows Olafur falling for one, and continuing believing in it despite everyone around him pointing out that it's a scam. The scam artist eventually shows up at Olafur's workplace, having already flown to Iceland with Olafur's money, and Daniel gets him arrested.
10th Aug '16 2:55:33 PM Viira
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' gave Shepard an e-mail account to receive assorted plot-related messages and information, but which also suffered from the usual amount of standard spam e-mail. Apparently in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' verse the standard spiel involves [[{{Precursors}} Prothean]] artifacts from [[GhostPlanet Ilos]] being stuck in customs, with a cut of the profits offered to the one who puts up the front money required to get them cleared.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' gave gives Shepard an e-mail account to receive assorted plot-related messages and information, but which also suffered suffers from the usual amount of standard spam e-mail. Apparently in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' verse the standard spiel involves [[{{Precursors}} Prothean]] artifacts from [[GhostPlanet Ilos]] being stuck in customs, with a cut of the profits offered to the one who puts up the front money required to get them cleared.
19th Jul '16 2:53:35 PM MsChibi
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It typically takes the form of someone under a false identity contacting a member of the public and asking them in [[{{Engrish}} suspiciously shaky English]] for assistance in moving a large sum of money via their bank accounts or by presenting themselves as legal heirs to it. The reason given for the contact varies, but typically the money is in a sealed account, locked trust fund, and so on, which the sender of the email cannot retrieve directly. The mark is promised a substantial share (usually 10% or more) of the millions in the account once the money is liberated. Another variant is to claim the victim has won a lottery (typically a foreign lottery) they never participated in. Yet another is to claim that a LongLostRelative of the victim living abroad has passed away, [[UnexpectedInheritance leaving a substantial amount]] to the potential victim, provided he/she is willing to pay fees to "speed things along," or fix some sort of legal snafu.

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It typically takes the form of someone under a false identity contacting a member of the public and asking them in [[{{Engrish}} suspiciously shaky English]] for assistance in moving a large sum of money via their bank accounts or by presenting themselves as legal heirs to it. The reason given for the contact varies, but typically the money is in a sealed account, locked trust fund, and so on, which the sender of the email cannot retrieve directly. The mark is promised a substantial share (usually 10% or more) of the millions in the account once the money is liberated. Another variant is to claim the victim has won a lottery (typically a foreign lottery) they never participated in. Yet another is to claim that a LongLostRelative of the victim living abroad has passed away, [[UnexpectedInheritance leaving a substantial amount]] to the potential victim, provided he/she is willing to pay fees to "speed things along," or fix some sort of legal snafu. Yet another is for a PhonyPsychic to promise that if the victim sends money s/he will become rich/find love/be cured of what ails them/etc.
7th Jul '16 4:29:37 PM Josef5678
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* ''Webcomic/TheBedfellows'': Sheen prevents Fatigue from becoming a victim of this in one strip. [[spoiler:Subverted, as there really was a prince after all.]]
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