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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:
- "huge amount of money" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned 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. Kouame" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 02:05:33 +0200
Subject: Urgent Supply !!
Greetings, I am writing this letter in other to inform you of a business th=
at will benefit both of us immensely as long as you will make up your mind =
to co-operate accordingly but before going into details, I want you to take=
note that this business is not a child's play or something to toy with rat=
her it is a business that will give us the opportunity to make lots of mone=
y. I have been unjustly treated by my partner in a transaction so, I seek y=
our help, attention and genuine co-operation to our mutual benefit and I be=
lieve that you will not let down the trust and confidence I am about to rep=
ose on you. I have been working in an import and export firm that pays me a=
bout two hundred dollars per month for the past ten years. I worked with th=
is company as the product sourcing manager.Between the 17th - 19th of Feb.,=
2014 a seminar was held in Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire of which I attended. Whil=
e in the Seminar, I was opportuned to meet one Alhadji who introduced himse=
lf to me as the president and CEO of his company. This Alhaji is an accompl=
ished and well known millionaire farmer in this region. Apart from his farm=
s here in Abidjan, he has cattle farms in MALI, SENEGAL, GUINEA, BURKINA FA=
SO and CHAD. Above all, he is one of the greatest suppliers of cattle, beef=
and other dairy products in this part of the West Coast. On knowing my pro=
fession, he took me into confidence by informing me about the purchase of a=
particular but very rare medicine for his cattle. He informed me about the=
huge amount of money he spends purchasing a particular cattle medicine. Pr=
ecisely, he pays US$2,000 per carton. He asked if my organization can sourc=
e for a cheaper supplier for him. Back in my office, I carried out a market=
research and discovered that we could purchase this medicine cheaper somew=
here in Europe for US$575.00 per carton. I discussed this proposal with my =
boss and he decided to handle the supply by himself. We moved a proposal to=
the Alhaji to supply him with this vaccine at US$1,500.00 per carton which=
he accepted. My company made a very big financial breakthrough when we sta=
rted supplying this vaccine to this wealthy farmer. As these supplies progr=
essed my boss made huge profit from the contract.I requested for an increas=
e in my salary and my commission but my boss was so upset at my request tha=
t he sacked me without benefits after ten years of dedicated service thereb=
y reneged on our agreement. I have since accepted it as one of life experie=
nces. I was so desperate that I went to Alhaji and informed him that I have=
a foreign contact that will be willing to supply him this same product at =
US$1,250. per carton. Alhaji in turn, confided in me that he is about to pl=
ace order for 3500 cartons of this same medicine following a suspected outb=
reak of disease in his farms.I assured Alhaji that my foreign contact will =
be in the position to manufacture and supply to him this vaccine at a compa=
ny rate of US$1,250 per carton. In fact, I convinced Alhaji that my former =
boss usually buys the medicine from my foreign contact and that is why he s=
ells to him at a higher price. CONSEQUENTLY,I INFORMED HIM THAT HE WILL HAV=
E TO PAY CASH IN ADVANCE BEFORE MY FOREIGN CONTACT WILL SUPPLY THIS VACCINE=
TO HIM. Right now, he has stopped all communications with my boss. I there=
fore wish to present you as my foreign contact so that you can handle the s=
upplies to the Alhaji. If you can handle the contract, kindly contact me im=
mediately for details and negotiations on what is going to be my commission=
. We will get the medicine from the producers at US$575 and supply the Alha=
ji at US$1250 per carton of 12 bottles(500ml). Anticipating your response a=
t the earliest. Sincerely Yours, Eng.Idriss Kouame=20