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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: Mr.Kofi John <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:55:29 +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:

Au (gold)
Origin: Ghana
Type: alluvial
Carat: 23.69
Purity: 98.69 %
Quantity; 1-500kg
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.

Best Regards
Mr. John Kofi

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