History Main / FourOneNineScam

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.]]
5th Jul '16 4:56:00 PM JMQwilleran
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There is yet another variation of the scam that actually sends the victim a check for, say $4,500[[note]]Banks have the option to put a "delayed availability hold" on any check over $5,000, so it will almost never be for more than $5,000[[/note]], which they are told to deposit (not cash) at their local bank. Once that has occurred, the victim is told that the check was for too much money or that the scammer needs some of the money back for unexpected fees, at which point the victim withdraws the requested amount, usually about $500 to $1,000, from their account (hey, the check cleared, so the money is there) and sends it back. This works because while banks are required to make funds available from a deposit after a specific amount of time, usually 24 hours, a check can be found to be fraudulent or the funds from the account unavailable up to three weeks later, at which point the money is pulled back by the bank, the victim usually has to pay a fee, and the scammer gets away with up to $1,000. This is very slowly falling out of favor due to faster check verification procedures at banks, but still happens far too often.

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There is yet another variation of the scam that actually sends the victim a check for, say $4,500[[note]]Banks have the option to put a "delayed availability hold" on any check over $5,000, so it will almost never be for more than $5,000[[/note]], which they are told to deposit (not cash) at their local bank. Once that has occurred, the victim is told that the check was for too much money or that the scammer needs some of the money back for unexpected fees, at which point the victim withdraws the requested amount, usually about $500 to $1,000, from their account (hey, the check cleared, so the money is there) and sends it back. This works because while banks are required to make funds available from a deposit after a specific amount of time, usually 24 hours, a check can be found to be fraudulent or the funds from the account unavailable up to three weeks later, at which point the money is pulled back by the bank, the victim usually has to pay a fee, and the scammer gets away with up to $1,000. This is very slowly falling out of favor due to faster check verification procedures at banks, but still happens far too often.
often. Prepaid debit cards have become a popular choice for the scam also, due to less stringent verifications.
21st May '16 6:10:01 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The prevalence of the 419 scam has provided juicy opportunities for "scam baiters," who purposefully pretend to fall for the scam and then force the scammer to do time-wasting/embarrassing things, (hopefully) distracting them from actual victims.

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The prevalence of the 419 scam has provided juicy opportunities for "scam baiters," who purposefully pretend to fall for the scam and then force the scammer to do time-wasting/embarrassing things, (hopefully) things in the hopes of distracting them from actual victims.
5th May '16 2:48:43 PM SS7S
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* In ''Series/AThousandWaysToDie'' a Nigerian con artist scams a poor schmuck into giving him his whole life savings. When the victim ultimately realizes he was scammed, he angrily tracks down the con artist and ends up accidentally killing him by [[EyeScream driving a door hook into the con artist's eye]].

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* In ''Series/AThousandWaysToDie'' ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' a Nigerian con artist scams a poor schmuck into giving him his whole life savings. When the victim ultimately realizes he was scammed, he angrily tracks down the con artist and ends up accidentally killing him by [[EyeScream driving a door hook into the con artist's eye]].


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* In the 7th Episode of the 5th Season of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Reese mentions he was "gonna invest [his money] with this Nigerian General whose been sending [him] emails."
* In the tenth and final episode of the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', during the scams Jimmy and Marco are pulling, Jimmy tells one victim that there is a 27-year-old Nigerian prince named Idi Abbassi who is worth "conservatively, 400 million dollars." Unfortunately for this prince, the dictatorship of Equatorial Uqbar Orbis is detaining him on trumped-up charges; the Abbassi family will reward whoever helps them get their boy back, but the 'hitch' is that the banks have frozen their assets.
4th May '16 6:35:27 AM RezaMaulana98
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* Youtuber Youtube/{{KSI}}, who is Nigerian English, referenced this once. In his video "How to be Rich on Ultimate Team", he told the viewers to send their ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer'' data and bank accounts to the email address [=419NigerianPrinceEA@hotmail.com=] in order to get a [[BlatantLies "blessing"].

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* Youtuber Youtube/{{KSI}}, who is Nigerian English, referenced this once. In his video "How to be Rich on Ultimate Team", he told the viewers to send their ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer'' data and bank accounts to the email address [=419NigerianPrinceEA@hotmail.com=] in order to get a [[BlatantLies "blessing"]."blessing"]].
4th May '16 6:34:45 AM RezaMaulana98
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* Youtuber Youtube/{{KSI}}, who is Nigerian English, referenced this once. In his video "How to be Rich on Ultimate Team", he told the viewers to send their ''VideoGame/FIFASoccer'' data and bank accounts to the email address [=419NigerianPrinceEA@hotmail.com=] in order to get a [[BlatantLies "blessing"].
1st May '16 9:00:27 AM waqob
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And no, Nigeria does not have a prince or any kind of official royal family. It does have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_constituent_African_monarchs#Nigeria 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 [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_constituent_African_monarchs#Nigeria 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.
13th Apr '16 9:39:15 AM DonPiano
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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.)

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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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