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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: Solomon Meite <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 18:52:29 +0200 (CEST)

Dear Sir,

I am writing this letter out of a genuine desperation to find a reliable partner in an unfolding transaction. I have been unjustly treated by my former boss in an earlier transaction, so I seek your help,attention and genuine co-operation to our mutual benefits and I believe that you will not let down the trust and confidence I am about to repose on you.

I work as a junior executive in a consultancy firm. My name is Mr.Solomon Meite.My boss is in business with one of the greatest business Mogul of all time in West Africa. We are talking about Alhaji Couchari Diabate.The president of Couchari Diabate Agro allied group farms. The owner of the biggest cattle, sheep and pigs farms in West Africa and The Biggest fish farmer. This is the man they call the food basket of Africa. His Cocoa, Coffee and Palm tree plantations are the biggest and his vegetable oil plants are located in the 16 West African countries.

our company made a very big financial breakthrough when we made contact with Alhaji Couchari Diabate and began to supply him his cow medicines He had informed us about the huge amount of money he spends on the purchase of a particular but very important cattle medicine. Precisely, he buys US$5,000 per carton. He asked if our organisation can source for a cheaper supplier.

We did market research and discovered that we can buy these medicine in Europe for US$2,000 per carton. We moved a proposal to Alhaji Kouchari Diabate, to supply him at US$4,800 per carton which they accepted. As these supplies progressed and my boss was doing fine, I requested my boss to give me my entitlement as he promised earlier. He was so upset that he sacked me without benefits after a long time of dedicated work for him.

Now my boss supplies this Business magnet an essential vaccine for his livestock at the price of US4, 800.00 per carton, and sometimes supply up to 2000 or 3000 cartons.I have called back to the Kouchari Group and informed them that I will introduce them directly to the Manufacturers of the vaccine from where my boss buy at the rate of 4,200 per carton. Briefly, I am contacting you because I have explained my plight to Alhaji Kouchari Diabate and he has stopped further dealings with my boss. Now I received a letter from the Couchari Group, requesting two thousand cartons supply of this essential vaccine.

The President of the Couchari Group invited me to his Presence and I confirmed my word to him, and he promised me his confidence and to deal only with me if I can do this. HOWEVER I TOLD HIM THAT THE MANUFACTURERS RECEIVE 80%ADVANCE PAYMENT BEFORE THEY WILL SELL THE VACCINE.

The reason why I contacted you for this deal now is that, I know where my boss uses to buy this vaccine in Europe. The Price of the vaccine is US$2000.00 per carton in Europe. I will need you to contact Alhaji Couchari Diabate and inform him that you are the manufacturer of the vaccine and that you will sell to him at the price of US$4,200 per carton. You will inform him to make 80% advance payment as is the Procedure. He will not hesitate to send the money after negotiating with you to carry out the supply.

If your organization is interested to be my partners in this transaction, please contact me immediately in my above private mail box, so that we can discuss on how to execute this lucrative deal.

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Solomon Meite.

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