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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. MICHAEL ONEAL" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:41:53 +0530
I AM MR. MICHAEL ONEAL, BRITISH BY NATIONALITY WORKING WITH ANTIAS PHARM PLC IN LONDON-UK, WITH MAIN FACTORY IN SOUTH AFRICA. I AM THE SECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR OF OUR COMPANY. I AM LOOKING FOR A TRUSTWORTHY INDIVIDUAL/COMPANY WHO HAS THE POTENTIALS TO HANDLE THE SUPPLY OF A HERBAL PRODUCT (MONO HERBAL UDARA SEEDS ) PRESENTLY.
OUR COMPANY PURCHASES FROM SOME ANGOLA SUPPLIERS BUT THE PRODUCT CAN BE FOUND ONLY IN INDIA AND THE ANGOLAâ IMPORT FROM INDIA. RECENTLY I CONFIDENTIALLY GOT THE CONTACT OF THE SELLER IN INDIA.AND I CAME TO KNOW THAT THIS PRODUCT CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE RATE OF $350USD PER SACHET FROM INDIA AND SUPPLIED TO OUR COMPANY AT $750USD PER SACHET.I HAVE THE CONTACT OF THE PRODUCERS FROM INDIA OF WHICH I DON'T WANT TO RELEASE TO MY DIRECTOR SINCE I HAVE INTEREST IN THE TRADE IN ORDER TO MAKE PROFIT AND STARTUP MY OWN COMPANY HERE IN UK.
MY REQUEST ARE IF YOU CAN INVEST IN BUYING FROM THESE PEOPLE FROM INDIA AT $250 USD, WE WILL SELL THIS PRODUCT TO MY COMPANY AT RATE $750USD. WE CAN SHARE THE PROFIT AFTER YOU DEDUCT ALL YOUR COST DURING SUPPLY. THE SEEDS COME IN 5 GRAMS PER SACHET AND EACH SACHET COST $350USD. I CAN NOT TRAVEL TO INDIA TO BUY THIS PRODUCT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY AND OUR COMPANY PURCHASES A MINIMUM OF 1,000 SACHETS AND MAXIMUM OF 10,000 SACHET IN A SINGLE TRANSACTION OF SUPPLY. IF YOU CAN INVEST MONEY TO BUY THIS PRODUCT FROM INDIA, I WILL FORWARD TO YOU THE CONTACT OF THE LOCAL PRODUCER WITH DETAILS UPON THE RECEIPT OF YOUR POSITIVE RESPONSE.
MR. MICHAEL ONEAL