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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:

Fraud email example:

From: Mrs Maria Antonio <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:11:24 +0800

Dear Sir/ Madam,


I got your name address and company during our trade-fair research,
I am Mrs Marie Antonio an operation Manager at inland service trade
organization. We deal on Gold trading merchandise and other gemstone
Pendulums depending on specification and quality.

Recently, i was introduced to someone who has about 500 kgs of Gold
and is willing to rebate at a very cheaper price of USD$28,500.00 per/kilo
of gold dust, and USD$32,000.00 per/kilo of gold bar, Based on this price
i believe we can make 100% profit on this business.

Since i can not undertake any External contracts outside the company,
i am looking for a reliable partner whom i can introduce to the business
as my partner, so that we can buy the product and resale to my company
at USD$64,000.00 per/kilo

The profit will be shared on mutual agreement upon percentage.
if you are interested on the business, reply as soon as possible.

Best Regards
Mrs Marie Antonio

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