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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: "JOANNA ELSON" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 08:02:16 +0800


I know this email must have come to you as a surprise because we have
never met before and what I'm about to discuss with you here might sound
very apprehensive , it is just an opportunity that come across one's way
in a life time and I feel I should make use of it. My name is Ms. JOANNA
ELSON, I'm a chartered secretary and I work for British company called
ROYAL COMMERCIAL HOLDINGS based in old Windsor Berkshire, United Kingdom. This company is a contractor to the United Nations (UN) and was
recently awarded a contract to supply some vaccines used on animals for
related diseases.

Presently, these vaccines are very expensive here in the United Kingdom
but relatively very cheap from a source in Malaysia. The price of the
vaccines in United Kingdom is two to three times more than the price in
Malaysia according to my findings. If my proposal sounds interesting to
you, then this is what you have to:

You will buy the vaccines from the source which I will provide you with
the contact details and sell to my company through my boss whom I will
also give you his contact details too.
You should be prepared to share whatever the amount of profit you make
with me
You should not in anyway disclose the cheap source of this product that
I will give to you to my company or disclose my company to the source in

I want you to know that I demand from you in totality assurance and
sincerity in this mutual beneficiary business opportunity. A friend of
mine have done such a business before but was betrayed at the end and
never got her share of the profit till now and I don't want such to
happen to me. I do not have any particular person in mind I just needed
somebody I can trust to enable me make use of this opportunity to make
some extra money since my salary is low compared to the cost of living

Lastly, if you wish to take up this offer, send your reply to and I will reply you with all the contact
details of the source in Malaysia and that of my boss whom you will
contact and send your quotation to when I must have given you the price
to quote and my boss will then issue you an LPO (Legal Purchasing
Order).I will also give the price of the vaccines in United Kingdom for
you to compare the price and see for yourself.



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