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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +22508920504 (Cote d'Ivoire, probably a prepaid mobile phone)
Fraud email example:
From: Roland Kwame <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Roland Kwame <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:42:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Roland Kwame
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 the mutual trust and understanding,we can be able to 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 work for an Ivorienne based public international firm (a MIC), I work as the corporate affairs manager. Between the 10th -12th of October, 2014 a business seminar was held in BASSAM Cote D'ivoire of which I attended. While in the Seminar, I was opportuned to meet Alhaji BELLO AL-MUSTAPHA ,the President of AL-MUSTAPHA FARMS ETS. Alhaji BELLO AL-MUSTAPHA is an accomplished and widely known and recognised millionaire farmer in this part of the region. He has farms in different countries of West Africa. 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 profession, Alhaji BELLO 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 $2,000.00 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 intercepted a letter of request from Alhaji BELLO AL-MUSTAPHA asking my boss to urgently supply him with 1250 cartons of the same product before the end of Dec. 2014. I seized the letter and this letter will never get to my boss.
I then contacted Alhaji BELLO AL-MUSTAPHA and informed him 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 now waiting for me to link him to the producer of the vaccine.
We will buy the medicine at $2,000.00 USD from EUROPE and sell at $4,400.00 USD TO Alhaji BELLO AL-MUSTAPHA , with him making a down payment of 50% of our quoted price first. I will be entitled to 20% of whatever profit we make after the deduction of all expenses.
If you are interested and capable of handling this supplies with me, kindly get back to me urgently through my e-mail, so that I can furnish you with the contacts of both our source in EUROPE and that of Alhaji BELLO AL-MUSTAPHA .You can also get me on phone,(+225)089-20-504.
Kindly be notified that at no point in time should you let ALHAJI BELLO 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 wouldn't bypass us to deal directly with them.
Thanks for your cooperation.
MR ROLAND KWAME