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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:
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Roland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:56:20 +0200
Subject: SELLING OF GOLD DUST, GOLD NUGGETS, GOLD BARS, HMS 1&2, USED RAILS AND ROUGH DIAMONDS
My Company is selling gold dust, gold bars ,gold nuggets, HMS 1&2 and Used Rails, we are base in South Africa. We mine gold dust, gold nuggets and rough diamonds.
Please if you are interested to purchase our products (Gold Dust, Gold Bars, Gold Nuggets, Rough Diamonds (Gems), HMS 1&2 and Used Rails you are free to contact us for more information. And if you want to be our agent in your country you are welcome to join our team.