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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: Morise <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:16:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject: We have Available Product: AU- Alluvial Gold/ Dory Bars For sale

Dear Prospective buyer,

I'm representative of Community in Abidjan by owners of gold dust and bars. The Village Miners are looking for a reliable buyer of Gold dust/Bars and I have been mandated to sell 450kgs gold dust and 200kgs bars available in the mining villages. The Village Miners are the real owners of the metal and are digging directly from the mining fields.

Commodity: Alluvial gold dust (AU) & BARS
Origin: Cote d’Ivoire -CI
Quantity: 650 kgs
Quality: 23 carat
Purity: 96.9%
Price: $35,000 for 1kg/ Gold Bars
Price: $29.500 for 1kg/Gold Dust

let me know if you are interested in buying from us to my E-mail:

Mr Richard Morise
Marketing manager

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