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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Patrick Owusu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 09:04:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: REAL INTEREST
OVI GOLD MINES
17 KINSBY LANE
TEL: +233 244145509
Gold & precious mineral products offer .
Quotation and price list.
commodityPrice Quality Purity Quantity Availabity
Au Gold Dust US$30,700 23+Carat 99% 127KG Regular
Payment is done after final assay at buyers testing point in Ghana or abroad and the buyer is satisfied.Other detail can be supplied on demand, after the shows interest.