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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: James Alidu <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:44:14 +0100
Subject: Buyers Of Gold Dust Needed


I am James Alidu from Obuasi community. Am a representative for the local
gold minners here in Obuasi community, Ghana. We have capability of
producing between 82 kilos of gold dust / bars monthly.

The product available below: Commodity Gold dust Available -
ORIGIN : Ghana (Obuasi community)
QUALITY: 22+ carats
PURITY: 99.67%
PRICE : 32,500
Packaging: in metal boxes.

Terms and conditions: In as much as I intend to establish a cordial
business relationship with you, Interested buyer will have to arrange and
come down to Ghana for inspection on our products, take a random sample for
test at the government geological survey department, having been satisfy
with the assay report, buyer / seller will then sign (sales and purchase
contract / agreement). or if buyer can not go through this we can make
plans for the golds to be shipment to his/her destination on CIF, we only
accept the following (SBLC MT760 and MT799 ) I shall be grateful to furnish
you with any further information that you may require after hearing from
you and shall consider it a privilege entering long-lasting relationship
between both parties .

Below are my contact information.
Name: James Alidu
Reply to
hotmail IM:jamesalidu

We are waiting your purchase interest and quick responses.
Best Regards,

Mr. James Alidu

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