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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: "Ms Alice Chen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2019 13:26:30 +0300
Subject: Dear Beneficiary, IMPORTANT INFORMATION...138

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sorry for intruding into your privacy!

I got your email from an e-marketing company, so i decided to let you know about the business opportunity of supplying us raw material from India. I am an employee of a multi-national animal vaccines production company in USA and UK working as the production manager.

There is a raw material which our company always send me to purchase from India. Right now I have been promoted to the post of production manager and the company cannot send me to India again, our director has asked me for the contact of the local dealer in India to enable them send the new purchasing manager to India to purchase the product directly from the dealer in India. i do not wish to let anyone in our company know about this because of my interest in the business and the
profit we will be making in supplying the material to my company. I intend to present you as a supplier in your country (You will be a Middleman between our company and the local vendor in India) so that my company will not know the main source of the material. This is just a kind of buying and selling.

The local dealer in India selling it at the rate: ($29,000.) while my company purchase at the rate of ($47,000) which has been the market price, and then all profits accrued would be shared between you and me,after deduction of all your expenses, etc. This would be a long term business relationship between you and UK company. So i want us to take advantage of the market price that the India dealer offers the product on for a good earning. it’s quite unfortunate what happened to my late
partner, who used to purchase the material from the local dealer in India and supply to UK company, I found out he died of Cancer, May his soul rest in Peace.

This material can be found in India and Fiji only but cheaper in India. I want you to act as the dealer. I will present you to the company as the dealer where he was purchasing this product; You would now purchase the product from the manufacturer whom he used to buy from, and supply to the UK company. After purchasing from original manufacturer, you would sell to our new purchasing manager at a higher price. The profit would be shared between
you and I. This business is very lucrative and it is continuous.

Your role must be played perfectly and the least I expect from you is betrayal. I don’t want my organization to know the real cost of the product because of my interest. Kindly revert me if you are interested. Awaiting your reply with best wishes, kindly reply future
corresponding if you are interested.

Ms Alice Chen.
Production Manager.

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