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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: "Dr. Mrs Maureen J .Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:41:11 -0400

>This is HTML source of message you composed. Do not modify here. To modify this message press HTML Messages Editor button.
I sincerely apologize if I am interfering on your privacy. I am Dr. Maureen Smith I work with AMAG Pharmaceutical INC. U.S.A, I got your contact information during an on line marketing/business research to India. I am contacting you for a supply business in India. My company is very desperate now to have supply of this particular product that I will introduce to you later immediately, but at present there is no manufacturer or supplier known to company that can supply this much needed product to them.
Presently they are scouting for local manufacturer for supply anywhere. Through my own personal contact, I have the contact of a Local Manufacturer in India whose company has the exact product which my company is looking. This is from a very reliable source. The price of the product there is 1,960USD in India while my company buys at 3,990USD the last supply they got about 4 months ago and my company is desperately looking for where to get supply.
I need a reliable and trustworthy person/company in India to handle this profitable business for our mutual benefits. I will link you up with my company as the new Local Dealer/supplier of the product. You will purchasing the product from the Main Local Manufacturer in India at 1,960USD and be supplying directly to my company at the rate of 3,990USD which the last prize my company purchased the product about 4 months ago. You will deal directly with my company.
I will guide you perfectly as insider/partner. This will be a face to face business with my company and it is 100% genuine and nothing illegal.  You will give 40% of every profit you make after every supply. Kindly contact me for more details via this Email:
Yours sincerely,
Dr. Maureen J. Smith

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