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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: Chief Benson <>
Reply-To: Chief Benson <>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 18:02:36 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Alluvial Gold Dust and Gold bars/Gold Nuggets for sale.

Alluvial Gold Dust and Gold bars/Gold Nuggets for sale.

We are representatives of the local gold miners here in Cote D’Ivoire West Africa. We have the capacity of producing between 50 -250 kilos of Gold dust /Bar
Below are the current available Commodity Gold Bars

ORIGIN : Cote D’Ivoire (West Africa)
QUALITY: 24+ karats
PURITY: 99.05% or better
FORM:  Gold Bar
PRICE: $28,500 per Kilo.

Terms and conditions: In as much as we intend to establish a cordial
business relationship with you, Interested buyer will have to arrange and
come down to Cote D’Ivoire for inspection on our products, take a random sample
for test at the government geological survey department, having been
satisfy with the assay report, buyer / seller will then sign (sales and
purchase contract / agreement).

We shall be grateful to furnish you with any further information that you
may require after hearing from you and shall consider it a privilege
entering long-lasting relationship between both parties.

NB; If interested buyer will not be able to come down to Cote D’Ivoire for
inspection on our products, he/she can be sent a trial order of 50-100kg for
assay test and payment after testing that the gold is in perfect good state and

Thanks for your understanding while I wait for your urgent responds.

Best regards,

Chief Benson.

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