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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: ANDACKl <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:12:09 +0530

Dear Sir,

Thanks for your response to my mail. I want to use this opportunity to formally introduce myself, My name is Allen Cook, I am 53 years old, I am working with {Andack Veterinary Company Pvt} here in London. I am looking for a dependable individual that I can trust, someone who is willing and honest enough to carry out this transaction with diligent to the best of his/her ability. Basically, my company always send me to India to buy a chemical called {HERBAL NANDROLON OIL} one of the active chemical used in manufacturing of Injections and Vaccines for Horses, Elephants, Cows and Lions. The chemical contain 5 litter per gallon.These chemical are rare to find and in high demand here in UK, it was introduce to our company by an Indian, Late Dr. Rahul Goel, a veterinary Doctor in Holland, who gave me a sample for test on my last visit to Holland.This chemical is sold at affordable price in India.

The ANDACK VETERINARY COMPANY have mandated to come over to India to buy the chemical mentioned above but the issue right now is that I need the correspondence of a reliable partner, who will stand/pose as the distributor, buy and supply without allowing the two parties (my company and local dealer) to meet or have each others contacts for future transaction,The actual selling price from the local dealer in India is $25,000 USD per gallon of 5 litters and we will supply it to the company at the rate of $49,500 USD. I was the one which the company use to send to India to buy this chemical, now i have being promoted to post of marketing manager, i will not be allow to come to India to buy the product for the company again, the procurement officer of the company has instructed me to bring the contact of the dealer of the chemical in India. I don&apos;t want to give the contact of the real dealer to him, because if i do, the company will come to know the real price for the product, I contacted you so that i can present you to the company as the dealer of the chemical in India.

You will buy the chemical at the rate of $25,000 USD per gallon from the local dealer in India and supply to the company at the rate of $49,500 USD per gallon upon their arrival in India to verify pay and take delivery,this business can only run upon the approval of the sample, the company will pay you in any form of payment you the supplier may demand upon verification of the sample ,at least 60% of the total order value to supply the chemical and 40% balance on delivery of the total quantity order, i personally devised this idea to protect future transactions and it will also be an additional business opportunity outside our specializations, since the company procures this chemical 4 to 5 times every year,The profit would be shared between you and I.The profit will be shared base on 50/50% percentage.The company usually needs minimum of 30 gallons in every trip. I will give you the contact of the local dealer of the chemical in India the moment i hear from you.

The business is lucrative without any risk; we will make 80-90% profit in any successful transaction between us and the company. If you are interested in this proposal and assure me of your reliability, transparency and honesty bearing in mind that we have not met before, just that i want to save my face in the company, i don't want the company to know the exact cost of the chemical from the local dealer.

The question is how are you going to convince me that, I am going to get my commission in any transaction you do with the company? If you assure me of your reliability, Please send the following information below to me:
NOTE: that I will give the contact details to our procurement officer presenting you as the distributor of the above chemical.
1. Your Name
2. Address
3. Company Name {if any}
4. Mobile Numbers.
4. Age
Upon receipt of the above information's,I will draft and send you a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) to help you understand the kind of business partnership i want to enter with you.Upon receipt of your approval of the (M.O.U) i will officially recommend you to the Andack Veterinary Company, as a major dealer of the chemical,to enable the company contact you for further negotiate regarding the supply,specifying quantity,terms of payment and delivery.

I will also give you the contact details of the chemical company in India to confirm how many gallons they can be able to supply us within this period of time as soon as the Andack Veterinary Company approve their sample.
I await your immediate response
Allen Cook

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