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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!
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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Emmanuel Kenke" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:47:54 +0100
Subject: A very lucrative and high profiting supply business
Please receive my greetings and wishes for good health, personal and
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 work for an Agricultural firm as the Corporate Affairs Manager. Between
the 17th -19th of July, 2013 an Agricultural seminar was held in Bouake,
Cote D'ivoire of which I attended. While in the Seminar, I was opportuned to
meet a man who is the CEO/MD of his company. He is an accomplished, widely
known and recognised 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 $5,000.00 USD per carton, and that
he mostly buys to the excess of 1500 cartons. He 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 $2,700.00 USD per carton. We moved a proposal to client to make the
supply to them at $4,800.00 USD per carton of which he accepted. We sent to
the Alhaji a sample of this vaccine ordered directly from the manufacturing
company. Owing to my role in the transaction, I had an agreement with my
Boss to be receiving 35% 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 fate would have it, recently, I intercepted a letter of request
from client asking my boss to supply him with 2500 cartons of the same
product as soon as possible. I seized the letter and this letter will never
get to my boss. I personally contacted farmer and informed him that I can
introduce him to the producer who is ready to supply him 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 $2,700.00 USD from Europe and sell at $4,400.00
USD to the client with them first paying 50% of our quoted price in advance.
I will be entitled to 40% of whatever profit we make after the deduction of
If you are interested and capable of handling this supply with me, kindly
get back to me, so that I can furnish you with the contacts of both our
source in Europe and that of the client.
Be notified that at no point in time should you let the buyer to 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 boycott us
to deal directly with them.
Looking forward to your response for further discussion & long term business
Best Wishes and Warm Regards