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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: "Yao Emmanuel" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 11:56:28 +0200
Subject: A Vaccine Supply Opportunity

Mr. Yao Emmanuel
Abidjan - Cote D'Ivoire,
West Africa.

Dear Friend,

I am writing to ask for your kind assistance to enable
me execute a very lucrative and high profiting supply
business with you. It is with great pleasure to share
this business opportunity with you. Please No

I am very confident with trust and understanding,we
will execute this business to our mutual benefit and
believe that you will not let down the trust and
confidence I am willing to repose in you.

I work for an Agricultural Firm as the Corporate
Affairs Manager. Between the 17th-19th of May, 2004 a
seminar was held in Bouake, Cote d'ivoire of which I
attended. While in the Seminar, I was opportuned to
meet the President of Oriental Farms, Alhaji Ousmane

Alhaji Ousmane Diallo is an accomplished and widely
known millionaire farmer in this part of the region.
He has farms in different countries of West Africa.
But above all, he is one of the greatest supplier of
cattles,beef and other diary products in this part of
the West Coast. On knowing my profession, He took me
into confidence by informing me about the purchase of
a particular but very rare medicine for his cattles.
He informed me that he buys this product at $5,000.00
USD per carton, and that he mostly buys to the excess
of 850 cartons. He also informed me that he was only
asking me to find out if my organisation could source
for him a cheaper supplier considering the recent
trend of falls in the general price of beef in the
world market which is affecting his business.

Back in my office, I discussed this proposal with my
boss and he decided to handle the supply by himself.
We carried out a market research and discovered that
we could purchase these medicine somewhere cheaper in
Europe for $2,000.00 USD per carton. We moved proposal
to Oriental Farms to make the supply to them at
$4,800.00 USD per carton of which he accepted.

Owing to my role in the transaction, I had an
agreement with my Boss to be receiving 15% of whatever
gain is made on each supply of which he agreed. But on
the completion of the supply and the
receipt of the payment, my boss renegade on our
agreement and refused to give me my share of the
profit. Since then our relationship has been at its
low ebb. I have since accepted it as one of life

However as God may have it, I intercepted a recent
letter of request from Alhaji Ousmane Diallo asking my
boss to supply him with 1250 cartons of the same
product as soon as possible. I seized the letter and
personally contacted him and informed them that I can
introduce them to the producer who is ready to supply
them the product at $4,400.00 USD if he will pay in
advance as he usually does. He was very pleased and is
right now waiting to be contacted by my partner.

We will buy the medicine at $2,000.00 USD from Europe
and sell at $4,400.00 USD to Oriental Farms with him
first paying 50% of our quoted price as mobilisation.
I will be entitled to 30% of whatever profit we make
after the deduction of all expenses.

If you are interested and capable of handling this
supply with me, kindly get back to me urgently so that
I can furnish you with more details and the contacts
of the manufacturing company in Europe and that of
Oriental Farms.

Kindly be notified that at no point in time should you
let Oriental Farms to know that you are not the
producer of the medicine and we should never allow
them to know the contact of our real source in Europe
so that they would'nt boycott us to deal directly with

I will very much apprecaite your call on receipt of
this mail for more detailed discussion on our next

Anticipating to hear from you soonest.

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Yao Emmanuel
Tel: +225 0771 1719.

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