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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Franklin Thomas <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 14:04:25 +0100
Subject: Please read carefully
Itâs 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!!
Itâs an opportunity to supply raw materials to our pharmaceutical
company A & S CLINICAL PHARMA LTD (10479129)
I am originally from Sweden but study and work in the 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 a 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 pay with a proforma invoice of the merchants,
before they can ship the SAFFRON to our warehouse. Itâs very scarce
and doesn't grow on every other soil.
I luckily got the contact of the local farmers who grow 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 the retail price of
the 250gm sachet is $1,830. Which means the merchants make a 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 a profit of US$9,200,000 (Nine Million Two
Hundred United States Dollars). The direct growers of SAFFRON sell far
cheaper than normal net price of it on the Internet, where the actual
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 wonât 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
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!