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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:

Fraud email example:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:31:35 +0000

Medical Australia Limited
Unit 4B, 128 - 130 Frances Street
Lidcombe, NSW, Australia, 2141
Tel / Fax: +61-2 9922 7165
19th jan.2015


It's our pleasure to inform you that the above named company is a
manufacturing company which is base in Australia.
We manufacture advance hospital equipments (AHE), computer accessories,
focal glasses/lens and microchips., Presently my company wishes to come
down to Africa Nigeria,as we have been made to understand from the Chamber
of Trade and Commerce in here that mineral resources are sold in Nigeria.
We want to procure a raw material and if possible site our annex office/
industry in your country due to the nearness of the raw material based on
your good recommendation. Our humble purpose of contacting you is to make
sure my company does not fall into awful hands in Africa as we like to come
through you, because we have not been to Nigeria before. We also want you
to be my company's representative concerning the sitting of our annex
office/industry, which is solely going to be under your supervision, you
shall aid the process of construction and incorporation and my company
shall go into bilateral relationship personally with you. We shall come
with letters of memorandum of understanding for your official endorsement.
We implore you to assist our company in confirming a raw material by
contacting this company (below) in Nigeria to enquire the availability
and indigenous price of the raw material.

Standared Minners Nig.Ltd
Jos Plateau State
Local Miner:Engr.Muhammed Sanni
Tel: +234-701 327 7595

The company ability was recommended from the Economic desk of the Nigeria
High Commission in Australia, as a local miner who deals on this mineral
in industrial quantity as advertised also by the company in the
International Local Miners Brochure when they attended exhibition in
Australia,2014. Please take note of our specification and price data.

Columbite Solid Mineral (CSM)
Description : Crystal Structure
Rich in Lithium
Dark Brown (colour)
Int'l standard scale:1000g=Ikg
Int'l price per kg=$2.100 (Two thousand one hundred dollars)
Quantity Required : 25,500KG (Twenty Five Thousand Five hundred kilograms)


On your contact to Engr.Muhammed Sanni, with the above telephone number for
enquiry on our behalf, you may not disclose to him that foreigners will be
coming for procurement to avoid possible increase of their price above the
International standard price my company's is willing to buy. Beware this
was the system with our previous dealers in Afghanistan before the recent
turmoil that lead to the availability fall. The board of directors
unanimously agreed that if we can get an indigenous confirmation of
substantial quantity of the raw material and most especially- fair price
we shall endorse 7% commission of the total purchase for you as our host
representative for the first time. It is important to inform you of the
continuity of this transaction because we'll be buying the product
four-month intervals for five good years through you then we can discuss
how to get landed properties for the establishment of our annex office /
through you in Africa . Pls.Respond through
Best regards.

Dr.Michael Jones
General Manager,
Corporate Innovation

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