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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: AFRIKAL GOLD MINING SARL <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2020 20:09:58 +0100
Subject: WE ARE BUYING VENEZUELAN BOLIVAR AT VERY GOOD RATE AND CAN BUY ANY
AMOUNT AVAILABLE IN VENEZUELA.
Our Financier who has his office in the USA sent us this proposal
below to get him serious Sellers of Venezuelan Currency Bolivar
Soberanos and if you can get us a reliable seller within Venezuela he
is willing to pay you and us commission on the deal.
Kindly read below the offer I Quote
"We are currently buying BOLIVAR to any volume and can pay the USD
equivalent of the Bolivars from outside Venezuela from our various
Banks here in the USA or ING Bank in Amsterdam The Netherlands. We are
the end buying company and not a broker or mandates.
If you have any reliable Seller of BOLIVAR we are willing to buy
immediately and our Buying rate today is 355+ 5 BSS to 1 Euro with 5 BSS
per Euro as commission to any intermediary or Broker that bring the
right seller to us in Venezuela making it 350 BSS to 1 Euro Nett to us.
We are buying this cheaper than the normal Black Market rate of
Caracas because we are not buying to resell but to move our stucked
Euro inside 5 Venezuelan Banks out of Venezuela at the same rate the
currency was 3 yrs ago before the Economic problem hit Venezuela.
We can also do much more better on exchange rate depending on the
amount of BOLIVARS the seller is willing to offer to sell to us in
I have attach our Draft Contract and any interested BSS Seller must
fill up but not signed and send me a copy to send to our office in
Caracas whereby our office shall fill up, sign and return back to the
Seller for final signing to enable us purchase all the BSS Seller's
Bolivars in less
than 48 Hrs from the time the Seller sign and return the copy back to
If you have a seller and willing to proceed kindly reply here with the
Draft Contract filled up and signed soonest.
As soon as the attached Draft is filled up and signed by the
interested sellers then us The Buyer here in the USA will countersign
and do the paying of the USD or Euro equivalent of the BSS either via our BOA
or Wells Fargo Bank Account here in the USA or from our HSBC London or
ING Bank Account Amsterdam to the sellers nominated Bank Account
anywhere in the world except war thorn Countries like Yemen and
If You have any serious BSS Seller get back to me so I can link You
directly to our financier the Buyer in The USA.