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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Bevic" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:51:36 +0100
Subject: Alluvia Gold Dust Availaable for immediate sale
PARTNERS:BEVIC MINING COMPANY LIMITED
P O BOX 181 , MANKESSIIM ACCRA NORTH
We are writing you this time to advertise the availability of our main product, alluvial gold in bulk quantities.
We represent local artisan miners in Ghana West Africa, we have in stock now 150 kilograms of 22.karat alluvial gold.
Following is information concerning our product:
Quantity: 50 kilo Alluvia Gold dust available for immediate sale.
Quality: 22. karat alluvial Au.
Origin: Ghana , West Africa .
Price: USD- $19,000 per kilogram.
We are prepared to offer/sell the quantity of gold required to the Buyer or their representative upon contact with our representative in Holland.
Furthermore, we currently seek outside-based serious investors on a partnership basis in order to increase our production capacity.
If you are interested in this proposal and in the purchase of Gold dust or have any further questions, kindly contact our European partners/warehouse: Standardtrust-Holland,'contact person '
MR. Kofi Addo -Tel nr: +31616308440, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org - with the following information below:
3.Amount of Kilo Gold Needed:
4.Tel and Fax Numbers
Looking forward to doing business with you.
BEVIC MINING COMPANY LIMITED
P O BOX 181 , MANKESSIIM ACCRA NORTH.