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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: "Westcostgold Sarl" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:53:27 -0700


We are end suppliers of Gold Dust and Gold Bar sourcing directly from local miners of Gold Dust within the region of Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin Republic with our operational office and vault facility here in Benin Republic, We presently have over 650kg of assayed Gold Dust an 500kg of Gold Bar in our vault facility here in Benin Republic and are seeking for reliable direct buyers or trustful marketing partners to join us in sourcing for buyers and marketing our product (Gold Bar /Gold Dust) on partnership as Seller mandate on a Mandate commission of 10%

Our Products specifications are

Products :AU Gold Dust
Quantity : 650kg +500kg
Quality : 22carat/23carat
Purity : 96.8%/99.8
Price USD38,000/kg
Commission: 15%
Capacity to supply 200kg per month after the supply of the available 650kg/500kg

Supply Terms :FOB and CIF
Payment Mode : TT Wire transfer

Please kindly contact us for further discussion either you are a direct buyer or wish to be one of our marketing partners on steady official 15% mandate commission

Mr Lawrance Jawara CEO
West Cost Gold International Sarl
Carre 141 Mines Avenue, Cotonou, Benin Republic

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