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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Didier Konan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:49:57 +0100
Subject: supply !!
I wish to introduce you to a very lucrative business. I worked as a product sourcing manager with ("a-MIC"),an export company here in Cote d'Ivoire.
In a business seminar I attended sometime ago in 2012, I met one Alhaji, who is the president & CEO of a big cattle and dairy farm here in my country. Alhaji informed me that he needed a particular vaccine which he usually buys at USD2,000 per carton and he buys up wards of 3000 cartons every three months. On getting back to my office, I discussed this with my boss. After some market research, we got the product from Europe for USD575.00 and we supplied to Alhaji at USD1,500 per carton. My boss has supplied this vaccine to Alhaji for more than four times now, making a very huge profit.
My problem now is that my boss has vehemently refused to pay me my share of the profit as we discussed. As a result of this, I decided to arrange with Alhaji to link him to the real producers of the vaccine who will give him the vaccine at a cheaper rate. After my discussion with Alhaji, he agreed to buy the vaccine at the rate of USD1,250 per carton of 12 bottles. If you are interested and capable of executing this supplies on my behalf, kindly get back to me urgently.
Thanks and God bless you.
Mr Didier Tra Konan