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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: tony greg <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 07:53:49 -0800 (PST)
Subject: GOLD PURCHASE
Am Mr Tony Greg a native of TARKWA Gold Mines. in Republic of ACCRA GHANA West Africa .
Am contacting you on behalf of my Community which comprises of mainly local
Gold miners to represent and as well look for a prospective buyer for the
bulk of Gold mined locally in our Community.
My Community in conjunction with the Village heads has in their possession
this article (Gold Dust)
1. 200Kg Gold Dust
2. 22+carat plus
3. $ 19.500 USD for one Kg.
The Community as well as the right to go into any contract of extraction or
mining with any interested person or company depending on the discussion
reached between both parties concerned.
If you are interested I would be glad to see you in ACCRA GHANA to sign an agreement before you can carry the Gold dust back to your country
with me. I remain to hear from you soonest
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