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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 . AYAZ IBRAHIM. (Good day )" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 13:49:47 -0700

Hello Dear Friend,

How are you doing? I do hope that you are swimming in the ocean of health with your family.

My name is AYAZ IBRAHIM , I have 99.99% 23 carat Gold deposited by my father before his death last years in a safekeeping security firm company in Europe , the total kilogram is 300 Kilograms, I am looking for a potential buyer that will buy the Gold at good price.

Gold global price for 23 carat 1 kilogram is approximately $63,000.00 USD, I have decided to sale the 300 kilograms of Gold to a potential buyer at the selling rate of USD$45,000.00 for one KG, this is to enable me raise the quick finance that I need to put into my community plant project and other to facilitate the project and become one of the leading Gold Mining company with Gold mining capacity of 1000 Kilogram of Gold every month.

I look forward to hear from you and also look forward to our long term business relationship.

With Regards

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