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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.
Fraud email example:
From: Koffi Didier <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:07:53 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ARE YOU INTERESTED TO BUY GOLD DUST AND BARS
Â Dear Gold Buyer
We are suppliers of Gold Dory Bars/ Gold Dust and we mine our Au Gold from our family mine in CÃ´te d'Ivoire. We supply top quality Au Gold to any interested Buyer. Our procedures are simple and we work close with our buyer to create long term business relationship.
Product.....Gold Dory Bars
Price.......... per Kg to be negotiated
please only serious buyer should contact us. and business is done finally in the buyers Refinery for confirmation of Assay so that all parties will be satisfied at the end of each shipment from CÃ´te d'Ivoire or outside CÃ´te d'Ivoire
For your Information we the seller will provide this legal Documents before the shipment of the Gold, for buyer to verify.
1.Certificate of Origin
3.Export documents from exporting country
4. Assay certificate issued in country of export
5. Non Criminal Origin Clearance
6. AIR WAYBILL
Mr. Tony Kufo