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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: "William Kodzo" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:44:10 -0600
Subject: Prosective Gold Bargains!!!

Dear Prospective Buyer / Investor,

We represent Consulate Mines Ghana Ltd and All Africa Mining Company Sierra Leone , this are mining companies incorporated in Ghana and Sierra Leone, and can supply in Dust Form (ALLUVIAL CONCENTRATES) and Rough Diamonds to interested buyers overseas. We also have a Scale of mining concession and employ interested investors the role of investment towards the exploration of vast Gold/Diamond deposit discovered in our concession.

Below are product details:

Product: - AU METAL "ALLUVIAL GOLD DUST" in raw form.
Quality: - not less than 22 -+ - Carat with a least clarity of 92% or better.
Quantity- 150-450 KG available as at now and can supply 50 KG monthly.

Origin: Sierra Leone.
Documentation: Kimberly Process Certificate (K P C)

Consequently due to the sensitive nature of Gold/Diamond business worldwide, we consider it wise that buyers / interested investors or their representatives come down in person to see things in their right perception before any further commitment by both parties could be entered into. We anticipate long term agreement, when a buyer intends to participate in the exploration of the Mineral.

In light of the above, we are happy and confident that all the measures are in place to guarantee transparency in every step of this transaction.

If you find this proposal acceptable and wish to do business with us, kindly contact me via my e-mail ( You should also provide your contact details like telephone and fax number in your response.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated patronage.

Yours Sincerely,
William Kodzo

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