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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: Pierre Gamba Mekamba <>
Reply-To: Pierre Gamba Mekamba <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:46:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Gold/Diamond and Gem Stones Offer

 Hi Sir,

I am Mr. Pierre Gamba Makemba, from Goma- Congo
Democratic Republic. I am a Gold/Diamond and Gem
Stones and I have the products for sell right now
in Democratic Republic Congo.

I want to know if you are interested in buying any
of my products, or you have any good buyers, then
we can give your commission. You can call me or give
me your phone/mobile numbers, so that I can call you.

If you are interested I am going to send to you an
attached the picture of the Gold Nuggets /Diamond
and Gem Stones and our Full Corporate Offer.

I look forward to hear from you soonest

Best regards

Mr. Pierre Gamba Makemba
Paramount Fingers Gold Mine
BP 492 Bukavu Goma
Democratic Republic Congo
Cell: +243991060541

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