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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: "Sales Manager BSGC GHANA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:14:27 +0100
Subject: "Our Products"
It is our utmost delight to approach you with this composition. We are a Gold Mining Company based in Ghana West Africa, and we are interested in contacting you for business transactions/partnership.
Our company started it's operation for the past 6 years and had being doing very well without any debt.
We have in stock, 24 Carats Gold, with 96.69% purity.
We will be very happy if you can be our business partner in your country whereby we shall send you some kilograms of our Gold product to sell under a PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.
We shall run transaction under Partnership agreement, and you will receive your percentage in all sales made by you in your Country.
We can deliver our Gold product to you at the cost of $25,000.00 (Twenty five thousand Dollars) per kilograms, and you can sell in your Country based on current Gold World Market price, which is within $39,000.00 (Thirty nine thousand Dollars) to $40,000.00 (Forty thousand Dollars) per Kilogram.
We are ready to start transaction with you, and we can deliver to you about 200 kilograms.
Looking forward to hear from you directly at email@example.com
Mr. Francis Kwame