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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: "Philip Makunta" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:27:15 +0100
Subject: FULL CORPORATE OFFER
FULL CORPORATE OFFER
Royal Continental Limited is a mining company Registered in the Republic of Ghana and Export Alluvial Gold Dust to interested clients all over the world. Our concession is located at Tarkwa, to be precise in the Western Region of Ghana. Please find below the company's full corporate offer (FCO) We Royal Continental Limited offer with full legal responsibility and Penalty of perjury declare the following GOLD DUST and Encumbered with full authority, ready, willing and able to sell under the Following terms and conditions.
ALLUVIAL GOLD DUST
. 500 kilos
23 CARAT plus
.. $37,000 PER KILO
The company invites buyer or buyer's representative to come Ghana to access for himself the work being done by the company, inspect the quality and have rough test on the gold ready to be exported. Having known the analysis report and been Satisfied, then condition of exporting the gold will be discussed.
The company then mutually designates a representative to accompany the buyer together with goods to a destination of buyer's choice. Buyers together with the company's representative will be present at the refinery to verify the gold dust. Upon receipt of the proof of the gold, Buyer makes full payment less any upfront paid to the company, four working days from the day of the final assay.
We hope the above procedure will meet your condition of purchase.
We also have a sister company in Freetown who deals in rough diamonds.
Thanks with regards.