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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: "Mr Davison Gareth" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 13:56:12 -0800

From: Mr Davison Gareth
Tell: +44-703-193-1215
Brief Introduction;
I am Mr Davison Gareth, 40years old, a Citizen of United kingdom, Procurement Manager to Metaluxgroup and Trading Company Int. I am soliciting for a dependable individual who will be able to handle multiple-tasks with whom I can transact a well profitable Business. Presently I have been assigned on a project to search for a product called (CRYSTALLITE MULTIGEM-CLEANSER-xhg)
The Crystallite Multi-Cleanser-xhg is a new scientific chemical fluid substance manufactured in North Korea, it is of lubricant mainly used in the geological laboratory for the purification of diamonds and treatment, it penetrates deep into diamond and vapourizes out black inclusion in diamonds and other precious stones listed below;
(1) Tanzanite
(2) Citrine
(3) Pink topaz
(4) Aquamarine
(5) Ruby
(6) Sapphire
(7) Zircon(both blue and colorless)
These product are rare and in high demand here in Britain, though not long it came to existence, it was introduced to our company by a Chinese friend, Mrs. Liz Wong, a gemologist in Canada, who gave me a sample for test on my last visit to Canada. In a moment, I have searched to a conclusive point that this said product are specifically found in the South/East Coast of Asia in which we can purchase a large amount for supply at an affordable price in Taiwan and Malaysia by a reputable dealer. The management of (Metaluxgroup) have mandated to come over to Asia to purchase the product mentioned above but the issue right now is that I need the correspondence of a reliable partner, who will stand as the distributor.
The actual selling price from the dealers in Asia is GBP £1,500 per pack-equivalent to USD $2,822.12 rate in Malaysian riggit MYR 10,346.60, While it is sold here in Britain at the rate of GBP £3,500 to Geological Companies. Meanwhile I don't want our marketing manager to go directly to the dealer because , I have quoted the cost to be GBP £2,700, per pack-equivalent to USD $5,072.82 rate in Malaysian riggit MYR 18,623.89 and the management agreed with the offered price.
My appeal to you is for your assistance, to get the product from the dealers then sale to our company at the stipulated price as stated above, thereafter the profit will be shared base on percentage. The management is willing to purchase minimum of 20 packs and maximum of 50packs. (huge profit) Well it will be my pleasure to handle this transaction with you.
Note that the transaction will continue pending on your co-operation towards this first deal. For more information please do contact me with the E-mail address as stated above.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr Davison Gareth,
Alternative E-mail:
Tell: +44-703-193-1215

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