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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Jacob Fiagbe" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:31:10 GMT
Subject: GOLD DUST
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
PRODUCT === GOLD DUST
QUALITY ===== 22 CARRAT PLUS
PRICE ====== $24,000 USD PER KG
PACKAGING ===== METAL
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
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 it.as
this will make the buyer know
the purity and quality of the material before airlift of it to
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