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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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: grimaldi togo <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:45:12 +0000
GRIMALDI Togo s.a.
please i am here to inform you if you may likely needs the product, i
am Mr.Saliou Dissou, shipping manager of Grimaldi company here in
Togo, one of our customer from Ghana are seriously in need of a
capable buyer, the family wants to disposed their gold dust tressures
at any giving price to enable them to raise up money to follow up
their family importation of goods in asia world, they have at hand 50
kilograms, per kilo is $32.500.
Please do contact me back if you or your company are capable of buying
it all from them, as case maybe, they may equally carry the price down
hence the family needed an urgent cash to bring back their importation
of goods alife.I have to discuss my personal terms if willing to
purchase the product.
Route A3 d'acces Nord
PO Box 61214
Lome,Rep. of Togo
Direct Phone: +228 96 14 77 55.
Fax: +228 2270718