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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: "DR.ANTHONY HILL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 05:43:50 +0530

Good Day,

Sorry for intruding your mailbox.

I am contacting you regarding our company urgent need for (Gito Cyto
Liquid) a raw material i found in India recently.

It is the major liquid material our company has been using for the
production of animal injections and vaccines and also for research since
2005. Our company is currently buying this product at the rate of $32,000
USD per 1 gallon from a supplier in USA and Brazil.

Recently, I found out that this same material is sold in India at the rate
USD $18,000 per 1 gallon and i do not wish to let anyone in our company
know about this because of my interest in the business. I intend to
present you as a supplier in your country India(You will be a Middleman
between our company and the local vendor in India) so that my company will
not know the main-source of the material. This is just a kind of buying
and selling.

If you are willing to co-operate with me, I will send you my director's
contact detail then you will send him an offer and as soon as he indicate
interest to buy, you will let him know the stock is ready and your are
willing to supply at a reduced price per gallon. I will also forward you
the contact detail of the company where you will get the material in
India. The company selling price in India is USD $18,000 per gallon and
then all profits accrued would be shared between you and me, after
deduction of all your expenses, etc. This would be a long term business
relationship between you and our company.

Awaiting your reply. With best wishes


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