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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "All. Supply" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "All. Supply" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:45:07 -0400
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 Obligation.
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 worked for an Agricultural Firm as the Corporate
Affairs Manager. Between the 17th - 19th of Feb.,
2011 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 Oceanic Group
S.a.r.l, Alhaji Siriki Kouyate.
Alhaji Siriki Kouyate 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 $5,000.00USD
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 Oceanic Group S.A.R.L 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 30% 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 experiences.
However as fate may have it, I intercepted a recent
letter of request from Alhaji Siriki Kouyate 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 Oceanic Cattle & Dairy
Farms S.a.r.l with him first paying 50% of our quoted price
as mobilisation. I will be entitled to 40% of whatever profit
we make after the deduction of all xpenses.
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 Oceanic Cattle & Dairy Farms
Kindly be notified that at no point in time should you
let Oceanic Cattle & Dairy 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 them.
I will very much appreciate you include your telephone number,
so that i can call you for more detailed discussion on our next step.
Anticipating to hear from you soonest.
Mr. Aidara Donald