A couple of other telltale signs that this particular spam is not legitimate are that it was sent to a nonexistant email address from a computer in Japan that had been compromised with a virus.
Gold costs about $40,000 per kilo, this scam email is offering 250 kg of quite pure gold for $24,000 when the true value would be closer to $10 million. Note that if you actually do travel to Ghana to inspect this "bargain gold" then you are also effectively saying that you have at least $24,000 in cash assets in the back.. you may as well write KIDNAP ME on your forehead!
From: FROM: FIVE STARS GOLD MINING CO. LTD.)
Date: 30 June 2010 19:42
Subject: FROM: FIVE STARS GOLD MINING CO. LTD.)
we are agent to FIVE STARS GOLD MINING CO. LTD. We are located in Accra, the Capital city of Ghana. We are a certified and duly registered agent dealing with a Gold Company in the Republic of Ghana. They have mining concessions in the Kumasi region and Western Regions of Ghana.
Their monthly product is between 275kgs to 325kgs. They have over 1000MT of Gold in our Storage.
At Present, we have Commodity: Gold (AU) Nuggets in GhanaOrigin: GhanaQuantity: 250kgsQuality: 23+ caratPurity: 98% ++Price: $24,000USDDelivery: Buyers destination.
we write to inform you that in other to proceed with our offer, we need the following information for necessary legal documentation.
1: Your Full Names.2: Your Mailing Address3: A scan copy of your international passport.4: Your Direct Mobile Number.
However, you will be require to make a contingent trip to Ghana to see the Gold. Kindly let us know how many kilos you are willing to buy at this time.
We will be happy to hear your desire to doing business with us. We can assure you that we will give you an appreciable offer. your passport this week. Hope to hear from you soon.Attach is a copy of the pictures.
Have a good day.
Mrs Joyce Kate.