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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. James Mensah" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 2:04:00 +0900
Subject: Gold For Sale!
Good day to you.
I am Mr. James Mensah, one of the community Mandate, a gold mining community called Tarkwah here in the Republic of Ghana. this community is having a large quantity of gold material this period since there is much rain now. we really need a trustworthy person to entrust this business project with.
We use to sell our product in the local market but this time we need a foreign partner in your country who can buy or market our product because we need the income in bulk for the development of the community and buying of some small mining facilities that we can use for some local mines too.
Here are the quality of our product:
PRODUCT - Alluvial Gold Concentrate
SPECIFICATION - 22 Carats OR 96% Purified
Quantity - 250 kilograms
Origin - Ghana.
Price - 20% discount of LME
Monthly - 500 Kilograms after first transaction
Thus we can provide service to any part of the world.We are prepared to offer the quantity of gold required to the Buyer upon their arrival here in Accra Ghana. We need any interested honest and reliable fellow to come down to Ghana,and sign a memorandum of understanding with us then we can give any quantity of gold dust and bar for you to sale and return our balance after sales.
If you are interested please, get back to me immediately for further details and proper business.
I wait for your reply urgently on my email
Mr. James Mensah.