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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: Poroli SreeJith <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 16:59:32 -0700
Subject: Dear friend,

Dear friend,


It’s a very big opportunity to reach you here, I pray you to read my business proposal very clearly with understanding. You have come across many unsolicited messages, but trust me; this is a 100% legitimate business and has nothing to do with fraud money!! It’s an opportunity to supply raw materials to our pharmaceutical company A & S CLINICAL PHARMA LTD.

I am originally from India but study and works in United Kingdom, as Senior Assistant Procurement manager to A & S Clinical Pharma Ltd. The company through her partnership with Health Organizations, Countries and Individual marketing companies produces important medicines for Cancer and HIV treatment.

There is a particular raw material as major composition called SAFFRON (Herb). SAFFRON is very fervent in cancer treatment worldwide. This SAFFRON is being supplied to our company by two different merchants from Europe, which a sachet of 250gm is $2750 USD. Now, read carefully about this!. The SAFFRON herb is a rare herbal material which makes our company to pay with proforma invoice of the merchants, before they can ship the SAFFRON to our warehouse. It’s very scarce and don’t grow on every other soil.

I luckily got the contact of the local farmers who grows this herb, when they mistakenly inserted the receipts of the local farmers before shipping to our warehouse. I have initiated a communication line with the 2 farmers at my disposal and found out that retail price of the 250gm sachet is $1,830. Which means the merchants makes profit of UD$920 per sachet of SAFFRON they supplied to our company. Meanwhile an average order from our company bi-monthly is 10,000 sachets. You can then calculate the profit times 10,000 sachets and 12months a year!. That means they made profit of US$9,200,000 (Nine Million Two Hundred United States Dollars). The direct growers of SAFFRON sales far cheaper than normal net price of it on Internet, where the actually price is $11 per gram (250grams will be $2750 instead.)

I have this information and all required details to do this business with you. I would like to present you as a merchant. You will be the middle-person between the local farmer and my company. There is nothing big to perform in the business, as travel is not mandatory or even necessary and it won’t deter your present job or business. You can handle the transaction from your location too.

SAFFRON is a natural flower-herb and can be shipped by anybody without ban and restrictions.

Once our company is convinced about your ability to supply the SAFFRON, they will pay you in advance to make the supplies. All I need from you is TRUST. The business is 100% legitimate and risk free!


Poroli SreeJith
S. Assistant Procurement Manager

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