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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MR ANDERSON WOOD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:51:54 +0530


Good day,

I work with Anseltonculbert Pharma Laboratory IN UNITED.KINGDOM. We are into the production of Pharmaceutical products, Animal Vaccines and Anti-viral drugs. There is a product our company uses for the production of Animal Vaccines,Anti-viral and research and development of anti HIV drugs called HIMALAYAN YEW ROOT. It was first introduced to our company by an Indian veterinary doctor a few years ago.HIMALAYAN YEW ROOT is most important Ingredient/herbs used in manufacturing of the above mention drugs. These pure HIMALAYAN YEW ROOT are very scarce and in high demand here in United Kingdom and the product is not illegal. We have been purchasing the herbal materials from India. My company use to send me to India to buy the product the company has promoted me to the post of Manager. Because, of my recent promotion, I would not be sent to India again to buy the product. The company will be sending a more junior staff. I used to buy this product from the local dealer in INDIA at
the rate of Rs.49,000 rupees.

Now, my procurement Director has asked me to give him the contact of the local dealer in India.I do not want my company to know the actual price that i usually buy the product from India. Therefore, I do not want my company to have the direct contact of the local dealer in India. So, that i will continue getting my reward financially from the transaction. I need a trustworthy person, in India whom I can present to the company as the dealer of the product. All you need to do, is to buy this product from the local dealer at the rate of Rs.49,000 per packet, and supply to our company at the rate of $2,000 DOLLARS. The profit will be shared between you and I.Since you are from Indian, you will only need to get this product from the local dealer at a cheaper local rate to supply/ re-sold at a much higher rate to our company in the United Kingdom on regular basis through the delegate that will come to India to meet you. I will give you the contact of the India dealer who you will
get the products from at the loca

Note: this is genuine and legitimate business. HIMALAYAN YEW ROOT is legal.But i don't want my company to have the direct contact of the Indian vendor,if this happens, We cannot make profit .And it can cost me my job. I WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU WITH YOUR FULL CONTACT DETAILS.



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