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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Balde & Brothers Company <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 08:28:09 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Gold Dust AU offer for Sale
Gold Dust AU offer for Sale
We are contacting you to know if you would be interested in buying our precious metals.We are licensed marketer , exporter & miner of Precious Metals : Gold AU Dust & Rough Diamonds in Republic of Guinea Ghana & Republic of Cote d'ivoire of West Africa . We are end-seller for the below commodity .
COMMODITY DESCRIPTION AND SPECIFICATIONS:-
a) Commodity : Aurum Utalium (AU)
b) Form : Gold Bar/Dust, 22.4 karat
c) Purity : 99.9% plus - after refinery
d) Quantity : 350 kilos (Monthly Delivery) / 10 - 50 kg for trial shippment.
e) Delivery : CIF Buyer destination.
f) Assay : Final assay to be made by the buyer refinery
and this assay value will be accepted by both buyer and Seller
g) Origin : Guinea Conakry & Abidjan Cote d'ivoire
h) Price : 23.000 dollars / Kg
If you are interested in our offer, kindly send response to us
Mr Banny Tao