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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: "Mr. Kelly Anderson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 23:24:59 -0700
Subject: DEAR FRIEND............

Dear Friend,

Brief Introduction, I am Mr kelly Anderson, 40years old, a citizen of United Kingdom, Procurement Manager to Uni Diamonds Inc London UK. I am soliciting for a dependable individual who will be able to handle multiple-tasks and will be well disposed towards work, with whom I can transact a well profitable business. Presently I have been assigned on a project to search for a product called CRYSTALLITE MULTI-CLEANSER-xhg. The Crystallite multi-cleanser-xhg is a new scientific chemical fluid substance manufactured in North Korea, is of lubricant mainly used in the Gemological Laboratory for the purification of diamonds, clarity treatment, etc. It penetrates deep into diamond and vaporizes out black inclusion in diamonds and other precious stones stated below. For more information view our website ( (Mr. Clay Wilson president Since 1977 Uni
Diamonds Inc).

(1) Tanzanite
(2) Citrine
(3) Pink topaz
(4) Aquamarine
(5) Ruby
(6) Sapphire
(7) Zircon(both blue and colorless)

This product are rare and in high demand here in Britain, though not long it came to existence, it was introduced to our Company by a Chinese friend, Mrs. Liz Wong, a gemologist in Canada, who gave me a sample for text on my last visit to Canada. In a moment, I have searched to a conclusive point that this said product are specifically found in the Asian Region in which we can purchase a large amount for supply at an affordable price in Taiwan and Malaysia by a reputable dealer. The management of Uni Diamond has being mandated to come over to Asia to purchase the product mentioned above but the issue right now is that I need the correspondence of a reliable partner who will stand as the distributor.

The actual selling price from the dealers in Asia is (GBP £1,500) per pack-equivalent (USD $2,829.00), While is sold here in Britain at the rate of (GBP £3,500) to Gemological Companies. Meanwhile, I dont want our Marketing Manager to go directly to the dealer because I have quoted the cost to be (GBP £2,700), per pack-equivalent (USD $5,092.00) and the management agreed with the offered price. My appeal to you is for your assistance, to get the product from the dealer then sell to our Company at the stipulated price as stated above, thereafter the profit will be shared base on percentage.

The management is willing to purchase (Minimum of 15packs and maximum of 30packs) huge profit. Well it will be my pleasure to handle this transaction with you. Note that the transaction will continue pending on your co-operation towards this first deal.
Please do contact me with the e-mail address as stated below;

Best Regards,
Mr. kelly Anderson

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