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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: "Consolidated. Supply Co." <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2022 17:18:50 +0000
Subject: Compliments Of The Season!


Please receive my greetings and wishes for good health, personal and
accomplishments. Believing you are doing well and staying safe.

I am writing to ask for your kind assistance to enable me to execute a very
and high profiting supply business with you. It is with great pleasure to
share this
business opportunity with you. Please No Obligation.

I am very confident with trust and understanding, we will execute this
business to
our mutual benefit and believe that you will not let down the trust and
confidence I
am willing to repose in you.

I work for an Agricultural firm as the Corporate Affairs Manager. Between
the 17th
-19th of Sept. 2020 an Agricultural seminar was held in Bouake, Cote
D'ivoire of
which I attended. While in the Seminar, I was opportune to meet a man who
is the
CEO/MD of his company. He is an accomplished, widely known and recognized
farmer in this part of the region. He has Farms in different countries of
Africa. But above all, he is one of the greatest suppliers of cattle, beef
and other
dairy products in this part of the West Coast.

On knowing my profession, he took me into confidence by informing me about
purchase of a particular but very rare medicine for his cattle. He informed
me that
he buys this product at $5,000.00 USD per carton, and that he mostly buys
to the
excess of 1500 cartons. He informed me that he was only asking me to find
out if my
organization could source for him a cheaper supplier considering the recent
trend of
rising in the general price of beef in the world market.

Back in my office, I discussed this proposal with my boss, and he decided
to handle
the supply by himself. We carried out a market research and discovered that
we could
purchase these medicines somewhere cheaper in Europe for $2,700.00 USD per
carton. We
moved a proposal to client to make the supply to them at $4,800.00 USD per
carton of
which he accepted. We sent to the Alhaji a sample of this vaccine ordered
from the manufacturing company. Owing to my role in the transaction, I had
agreement with my Boss to be receiving 35% of whatever gain is made on each
supply of
which he agreed. But on the completion of the supply and the receipt of the
my boss reneged on our agreement and refused to give me my share of the
Since then, our relationship has been at its lowest ebb. I have since
accepted it as
one of life experiences.

However, as fate would have it, recently, I intercepted a letter of request
client asking my boss to supply him with 2500 cartons of the same product
as soon as
possible. I seized the letter, and this letter will never get to my boss. I
contacted farmer and informed him that I can introduce him to the producer
who is
ready to supply him the product at $4,400.00 USD if he will pay in advance
as he
usually does. He was very pleased and is right now waiting to be contacted
by my
partner. You are not expected to use your personal money to place an order
for the 1500 cartons.

We will buy the medicine at $2,700.00 USD from Europe and sell it at
$4,400.00 USD to
the client with them first paying 50% of our quoted price in advance. I
will be
entitled to 40% of whatever profit we make after the deduction of all

If you are interested and capable of handling this supply with me, kindly
get back to
me, so that I can furnish you with the contacts of both our source in
Europe and that
of the client. Endeavor to include your direct telephone/mobile number and
I will call you.

Be notified that at no point in time should you let the buyer know that you
not the producer of the medicine and we should never allow him to know the
contact of
our real source in Europe so that he wouldn't boycott us to deal directly
with them.

Looking forward to your response for further discussion & long-term business
relationship. If you have any questions about the business, don't hesitate
to ask.

Thank you for accepting this opportunity to work with me, and may you find
grace at every

Best regards,

Mr. Tony Hanson

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