Originally Posted by David Lindon
What is a 419er?
You must have had one... you know the scenario... a man named Mungo from Nigeria had a rich uncle who has died in a plane crash and has $27million in his account. Unfortunately, he's too poor to pay his solicitor $2000 to get all the documents together to get the money. This is where you come in! You send him the money in return for 10% of the $27m. Only, you don't get anything and they keep your money.
They are called 419 scams, 419 being the code used by the relevant authorities to identify them.