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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 06:14:00 -0430
Subject: Urgent Parthnership. From, Howard Bolh

             I write to solicite your assistance and support to enable me execute a very lucrative and high profiting business transaction.I am very sure that with trust and understanding,we can be able to execute this busines to our mutual benefit and believe that you will not let down the trust I am willing to repose in you.

I work for an Ivorien based public international firm (a MIC), I work as the corporate affairs manager. Between the 17th -19th of may, 2009 a business seminar was held in BOUAKE Cote Divoire of which I attended. While in the Seminar, I was opportuned to meet Alhaji M K AL-MUSTAPHA ,the President of AL-MUSTAPHA FARMS ETS. Alhaji AL-MUSTAPHA is an accomplished and widely known and recognised millionaire farmer in this part of the region. He has farms in different countries. Above all, he is one of the greatest supplier of cattle,beef and other diary products in this part of the coast.

On getting to know my proffesion, Alhaji AL-MUSTAPHA took me into confidence by informing me about the purchase of a particular but very important medicine for his cattle. He informed me that he buys this product at $5,000.00 USD per carton, and that he mostly buys to the excess of 450 cartons. He informed me that he would like 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 $2,200.00 USD per carton . We moved a proposal to AL-MUSTAPHA 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 director 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 renegated on our agreement and refused to give me my share of the profit. Since then our relationship has been at its lowest ebb. I have since accepted it as one of life experiences.

However, as God would have it, recently, I ran into Alhaji M K AL-MUSTAPHA and he informed me that he would want us to urgently supply him with 1,250 cartons of the same product before the end of July, 2010. I used the oppurtunity to inform Alhaji that I can introduce him to the main producer of this vaccine who can supply him the product at $4,400.00 USD if he will pay in advance as he usually does. He was very pleased and has assured me that he is not going to contact my boss again for this vaccine. He is now waiting for me to link him to the producer of the vaccine. We will buy the medicine at$2,200.00 USD from EUROPE and sell at $4,150.00 USD TO Alhaji M K AL- MUSTAPHA,with him making a down payment of 50% of our quoted price first.

If you are interested and capable of handling this supplies on my behalf,kindly get back to me urgently through my e-mail,so that we can agree on the terms and profit sharing, after which I can then furnish you with the contacts of both our source in EUROPE and that of Alhaji M K AL-MUSTAPHA.

Kindly be notified that at no point in time should you let ALHAJI M K AL-MUSTAPHA know that you are not the producer of the medicine and we should never allow him to know the contact of our real source in EUROPE so that he would'nt by pass us to deal directly with them.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Howard Bolh

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