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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Jean-Jack Laurent <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Jean-Jack Laurent <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 14:27:49 +0100 (BST)
Subject: GOLD FOR SALE
I am contacting you for a contract on GOLD DUST and GOLD
BARS, There are bulks of gold dust for sell to interested
buyers, and each kilo is $35,500. Our office in Abidjan is representing all the 9 local mining communities, to sale their gold dust and bars. If you are interested, you can visit our company and mines; you can see the quantity
available and go to refinery to inspect the quality before making agreement and exporting of the gold dust to your destination. 1. Gold Dust 2. 22 Carat plus and Purity 95% 3.$35,500 USD for 1Kg. Bush price 4.250 kilos available. 5. 650 kgs Reserve for shipment now. Origin: Cote dâIvoire. Commodity: Aurum Utallum 1. Form: Gold Bar, 2. Purity: 92.4 % like minimum value 96.6% like maximum value. 3. Price: $35,500 USD for one kg. 4. Quantity Available 950 kg. 5. 650 kgs Reserved for shipment now. Origin: GHANA. DECLARATION: We hereby declare the above information to be true and correct to the best of our knowledge and this offer is being made without prejudice. Looking forward to your urgent response.
CHIEF.JEAN-jack LAURENT KOFFI