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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 uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. John Kofi" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2016 17:56:45 +0200
Subject: Business Offer
My name is Mr John Kofi, an agent in Gold and Diamond business. At the movement,I have a local miners need to sell their available gold to purchase some mining equipment s.
The available gold for sale:
Purity: 98.69 %
Price can be negotiate.
Should you have the opportunity of providing mining equipment for them? I believe you can get them to do a long term supply contract with you.In case you are not in the position to buy, you can still stand as a middle person and have your commission after linked them with buyer within your location.I wait for your urgent action on this gold business. Should you be interested, please contact me.
Mr John Kofi
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