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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Haruna" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:05:54 -0800
Subject: Business proposal
I am Working as the Purchasing Manager (PM) with HealthLife Pharma Ltd. I apologize for contacting you via email without meeting you
prior to this time. It maybe impromptu, but I wish to invite you for this business in confidence. It is about a business supply of medical raw materials for production of expensive anti-retroviral medicines, which is highly needed at all cost by our company.
Our company through my department purchases herbal product (seeds and root) which has been proved useful in curing deadly human
diseases from suppliers at the rate of $1,620 per Lamivudine herb. These suppliers' buys from farmers at the rate of $950 per sachet and each sachet comes in 500 grams weight.
Then, the supplier resells to our company at $1,620 per sachet. I confidentially got the contact information of the direct farmers, but I do not wish to disclose my findings to the Director, because I have interest in the trade. I luckily got the transaction details of the merchant whom supplied these raw materials with contact details of the farmer whom grow the seeds in Togo Republic and Northern India.
My proposal is simple; I need a trustworthy individual or company that will act as asupplier. If you pick my proposal, I will provide all necessary information concerning the dealers, farmers and how to supply the raw materials to us. The quantity required monthly from the suppliers is 3,000 to 8,000 sachets per month. A profit of $670 per sachet multiplied by 5,000 on averages is US$3,350,000 profit!!.
The Flat point is that Health Life Pharmaceuticals shall only require test-sample of the herb from you as a proof of your ability to supply such
medicinal herb. Our company is ready to pay you in advance to make the supply if you are worthy to provide the sample from the farmer. If you
want to partner with me, I shall give you more details and how we can go about it. Please this is very urgent. The herb is called Lamivudine and is scarce and rare to find. It does not grow on any other soil. The company needs it urgently. You don't need special experience in the business. You
can also handle it online without travels.
Haruna Jammeh,Snr Administrative
Life Pharm, Ltd.