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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: NANA KWAME <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 02:56:12 +0100
This is a message from UNIQUE ROCK MINING COMPANY LTD, a gold producing
Company based in Ghana, Which is the largest gold producing country in West
We are writing to ascertain your interest and capability of buying or
marketing Alluvial Gold dust/bar of 22+ Carats selling at a reasonable
We need a direct buyer abroad who can buy or marketing the commodity and
possibly go into partnership agreement with us as to front us in the other
side of the world,Advice:It is advisable that our partner visit us in Ghana,
so we are ready to receive you here, granting you the opportunity to take a
tour on our mining site for your physical examination and assessment of the
potentials of our lands.
We are capable of arranging your visas directly from here without your
physical presence in the Ghana embassy out there.
Driver and a delegate will receive you at the Kotoka International Airport,
Accra, and check you into a befitting hotel around the safest neighbourhood
within the airport area, where we shall have our first meeting before
proceeding to the mining site.
MR. NANA KWAME FRIMPONG
Executive Marketing manager.
TEL: 00233 2123 1399