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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: enterprise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 04:22:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Gold dust
It is my pleasure to inform you that I have some A/U Gold dust / Gold bars for sales and I am glad to send to you this mail for your consideration to purchase the Gold from us locally here in our office in Ivory Coast and Accra-Ghana
Pls if you are not the direct buyer, kindly link me up with your buyer while you stand for your commission.
Well as for the moment we have 500kgs and I am selling 1 kg at the rate of $ 21,000 USD while the purity is 98.05% PURE. The sources of our Gold is from Cote d ivoire ,Ghana & Angola.
Finally, I as the seller is ready and willing to sign contract agreement with the buyer for the period of 60 months if he wishes to do so. We have all the legal documentation for the exportation of AU metal to anywhere in the world.
Waiting for your reply
Sir Maxwell Gordon