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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: magreat magreat <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 05:49:43 -0800
Subject: I Want Truth & Honest

Dear Friend, I Want Truth & Honest

Am Ms Margaret Soriano 32years old, citizen of London Uk, a purchasing manager to a company in UK called HOMZY ALLIED GROUP OF COMPANY,PLC. Kindly give attention to this letter, though it will bring surprise to you as it comes from a strage person.
Due to my condition now, i honorable demand for your co-operations, honest, reliablity and sincerely on this transaction as a Friend / business partner, i have deliberated it in my mind and decided to contact you and offer you this business proposal.

I have decided to intimate you personally and discreetly with this business proposal which will be of mutual benefit to both of us. When i was persuring through your profile, I became aware of your credibility, Now i will no more be able to make my trip to malaysia as normal does because of my health, I have been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all forms of medication, and right now am on admission in the hospital that will take few months according to medical director.

Though my company have arranged to send my assistant for the mission to purchase the products on behalf of my company which i normally bought in Malaysia. For the fact that i do buy the product ( EXCANDINE MULTI- CLEANSER GEM XGH) at the rate of ($2,500 u.s dollars) per a carton of six bottles and re-sold to my company at rate of ($4,200 u.s dollars) The Excandine Multi- Cleanser Gem is a new scientific chemical fluid substance manufactured in North korea , its of lubricant, mainly used in the gemological laboratory for the purification of diamonds clarity treatment, it penetrate deep into diamond and vaporizes 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 highly demanded by my company in Britain, though not long it came to existence, it was introduce to our company by a Chinese friend, Mrs Jessy Chau, a gemologist in USA, who gave me a sample for text on my last visit to the United States.

After our companies research on this product, I discovered it in Malaysia and i have been going to Malaysia for the purchases . I now wish to appoint you as our local agent in Malaysia, so that the assistant purchasing manager who will soon be in Malaysia will have to buy the products through you in other to protect my former dealings, I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared to have a friend then in Malaysia but focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared for.

But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self for now. Iam offering you 50% of the proceeds from each of the deals whenever he comes to make the purchase of the products as its going to be a continuous business until i stand back on my feet while 40% is for me and 10% would be your local and international operational costs during each of the business transactions in Malaysia.

This transaction is completely risk free to you and will last a day or two days only. I dont want the person they will be sending to know the cost price that i have been buying the product in malaysia. The dealer of this product is a malaysian lady, I want to introduce you as the dealer to my Company so that my representative will buy it through you.

If you promise to be faithful to me by sending my percentage after the transaction with my company, i will now send you all the details you need for the business. I need a trustworthy person that will handle this business for me until i stand back on my feet. For more information please do contact me with the E-mail address as stated above. I want truth & honest to be our watch word. While waiting for your positive and urgent reply. Warmest regards Yours faithfully
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