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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Nana pual" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:49:07 -0700
Subject: Re Gold Bar And Dust buyer needed urgently

Dear Sir,

I saw your address online and i decided to contact you with this regards. Below is the contacts of my family, We are from Bogoso Tarkwa,Western Region Ghana,our family Chief name is Chief.Kwami Boakye 111,

We are highly interested to deal in a long terms business with you, if only you can understand our primary problems. we are facing a lots of problems in our mining concessions, because we lack modern mining equipment and machines,we are using man power to mine,i mean we uses local method to mine such has been resulting loosing the life of the workers in the site for lack of machines.

For now we are in the position of 1000 kilos of alluvial gold dust 23+ carats with 99.9 purity and our local price is $25,000usd per a kilo,upon hearing from you then i will disclose to you exactly the type of equipment machines we need for the projects. YOU CAN HELP TO CONNECT US WITH ANY BUYER CAN BUY OUR GOLD AND TAKE YOUR COMMISSION AS AGENT.

Mr.Nana pual .
for the family,

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