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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Klaus Davidwest" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:15:06 +0200
Subject: India Supply Business Opportunity

I am Maj. Gen.Klaus Davidwest, an American Army, currently in Syria for peacekeeping duty. I wish to let you know about a business of supplying Pharmaceutical active ingredients from  India to an American company, I have done this business with an Indian partner until last year when I lost him, but i still have the contact information of the real producer in India but due the profit we are making, i don't want to give it the USA Company that is buying to avoid them from knowing the real price
There is an active raw ingredients oil, which I  supplied to the American company from India through an Indian partner. Right now I am in Syria for a peacekeeping mission, secondly the Coronavirus problem, so I cannot execute the business by myself hence i want you to partner with me, the Director of the American company has asked me for the  contact  info of the dealer in India to enable them to  contact them for the  new  supply. But because of the Corona-Virus pandemic, they told me that they cannot send their Manager to India for purchase, but they will send money to their agent in the  American  Embassy in India so that he can get the product from the seller and make payment. Afterwards, the agent will courier the product to America through their freight agent. Early Last year the American Company sent their purchase manager to India, but due to the recent global pandemic CoronaVirus Threat, the American Company opted to send money to their agent who is presently
I do not wish to give the American company's Managing Director or Chief Purchase Officer, the contact of the Indian Seller, because of myprofit in the business, I normally made good profits and it was too encouraging to give away, I intended to present you as the Indian vendor to the American company (That means that you will stand as a middle person between the American company and original Indian vendor) so that the American company will not know the source and real cost of the product
The Original Indian vendor is selling the material at the cost of $4,370 USD Per Litre, while the American company buys at the cost of $11,890 USD Per Litre. The Company normally demands between 800- 1000 Litres every three months. I will convince the American company to buy the material from you.We will get the material from the Indian vendor and supply it to the American company through their agent over there in  India. I still have dealer information in India, but I don't want to give their information to the American Company to avoid them knowing the actual price. your duty will be to get the material from the local dealer and supply to the American Company then we (you and I ) will share the profit made on the basis of 70% for you and 30% for me.
Your role must be played perfectly and the least I will expect from you is betrayal. Again, I dont i want the American company to know the real cost or source of the product, likewise I don't want the Indian vendor to know about the American company.
Kindly  get back to  m e with your  full information, phone number and contact address, if you are ready to partner with me for me to guide you also tell you what to do and how to contact the Local Vendor in India and how to approach the buyer (USA Company ) for the purchase
Awaiting your reply.
Maj. Gen.Klaus Davidwest

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