NIGERIAN SCAM DEFINED: A Five Billion US$ ( as of 1996, much more now ) worldwide Scam which has run since the early 1980's under successive Nigerian Governments. It is also referred to as "419 Fraud" ( after the relevant section of the Nigerian Criminal Code ), and "The Nigerian Connection". 419 crime is Advance Fee Fraud which has a West African (primarily Nigerian) connection.
Basically, the Scam operates as follows: the potential victim receives an unsolicited fax, letter, or email concerning Nigeria containing either a money laundering or other illegal proposal OR an ostensibly legitimate business proposal. At some point, the potential victim is asked to pay up front an Advance Fee of some sort, be it an "Advance Fee", a "Transfer Tax", "Performance Bond" or whatever. If the victim pays the Fee, there are "complications" which require still more advance payments until the victim either quits, runs out of money, or both. The Nigerian Scam is, according to published reports, the Third largest industry in Nigeria.
MISSION STATEMENT: 419 Coalition gathers data and information on the Scam; analyzes that information; and posts it on the net for all to see with a view towards Educating the demand-side of the equation out of participating in the Scam and to Press the Government of Nigeria to take substantive actions against the supply-side of the Scam. 419 Coalition is apolitical. IIS also provides information and maintains a sample list of Scammers.
ORGANIZATION: The 419 Coalition fights the Scam as a Public Service on the Internet FOR FREE, though we do appreciate freewill contributions when they can be made.
419 Coalition is not affiliated with any Government or Agency though we routinely report on Scam matters and cases to various Governments and pertinent Agencies.
419 Coalition considers all inquiries and data we receive to be a matter of Public Record. Therefore all statements and data we receive are Not Confidential. There are No Exceptions. Those who contact us are responsible for maintaining their Own confidentiality if they feel that confidentiality is required; we are not and will not be responsible for doing that for them. Our policy here is to turn all matters of interest over to the Task Force and other agencies and organizations as we, in our sole judgement, see fit.
Our Coordinator's personal data can be found here.