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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: codjovi nestor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:49:10 +0200
Subject: PARTENAIR: we sell gold/ vendemos oro
It is with great pleasure to contact
you for a business opportunity of which we
are looking for a serious partner.
In fact, I represent and help a group of Orpailleurs villagers in the region
to sell precious metals, natural; mainly gold.
We currently have 230 KG for re-export of gold (AU) gross.
The diggers may be provided by three (3) At 150 months 100 kg of gold. To do
so following are the presentation and Terms of the transaction.
1 - Nature of Gold: Powder (AU) DUST
2-Quality: 22 carats +
3-Price: 19000 U.S.$ / kg
4-Origin: West Africa
5-Purity 92% +
Quantity Available 5-230kg
6-Supply capacity 100-150 kgs per month
We want you to be our representative in your country to buy us or we find
regular buyers of gold.
Awaiting your favorable reply to send you related information, please accept
our sincere greetings.