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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Investment online E Gold" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 00:22:46 +0700
Subject: Do U want BIG MONEY? 2006-11-19 0:22:46

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Words have meanings, and there is a tendency for people, in explaining e-gold in their own words, to employ terms which are imprecise and which engender confusion. Please do not refer to a bailment as a deposit, or the e-gold system as a bank. An e-gold payment order is not a check. The e-gold monetary/payments system is not a financial system (though it will certainly be used as a foundation for financial activity). Redemption is not the same as currency exchange. Redemption means to exchange your e-gold for bullion coins or bars [the reverse of bailment]. Currency exchange is to exchange national currencies to or from e-metal (or one e-metal for another). An e-metal balance is accounted by weight, so please do not make reference to withdrawing dollars or some other national currency. We do not hold national currencies on account for anyone.

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