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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. AYEW SMITH" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 02:08:24 +0700
Subject: MY COUNTRY
I AM MR. AYEW SMITH FROM AFRICA, I AM A GOLD MINER IN MY COUNTRY BUT SOME THING HAPPEN
YEARS BACK AND WE STOP MINIING BECAUSE OF PROBLEM WE HAVE IN MY COUNTRY AS YOU
KNOW THE BAD LEADER WE HAVE IN AFRICA.
PLEASE I HAVE 85KGS OF AU GOLD TO SALE I AM READY TO SHIP OUT THE GOLD TO ANY ASIA
COUNTRY FOR THE BUYER TO MEET ME THERE AND PICK UP THE GOLD,PLEASE IF YOU ARE A
BUYER AGENT YOU ARE FREE TO CONTACT ME, I WILL LET YOU KNOW ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT
THE GOLD AND I WILL SEND YOU MY COMPANY FCO/PROCEDURE.IF ONLY I GET A GOLD BUYER AND
SOMEONE THAT WILL LIKE TO INVEST IN GOLD MINING IN MY COUNTRY I NEED AN INVESTOR WE
CAN WORK TOGETHER AFTER I SALE MY 85KGS OF AU GOLD.
MR. AYEW SMITH
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