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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Jacob Fiagbe" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:31:10 GMT
Subject: GOLD DUST

Hello Sir/Madam
We the Management of Rigo Ghana Mining Co,Ltd Under the penalty of perjury and with full cooperate responsibility, we hereby offer the following quantity and purity of Alluvial Gold Dust.for sale.
PURITY====== 92% PLUS
PRICE ====== $24,000 USD PER KG
We want you to understand that our intention is to create a long term business relationship with you or your buyer, how ever we would like to start with Minimum kilo for a trial shipment, as this will enable buyer and seller know how capable they are.we always invite our first time buyer to Ghana as this will give the buyer the chance to visit our mine. see the material,test it to know the purity and quality of the material.when buyer is satisfied,then buyer and seller will begin to negotiate upon airlift of the material to buyers destination.
How ever.If Buyer insist that seller should make the shipment base on CIF to Buyer's destination, seller will be willing to do so,but then seller will first of all send a sample of the material to buyer,to enable buyer test this will make the buyer know the purity and quality of the material before airlift of it to buyers destination,
Jacob Fiagbe
+233 248 929 483
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