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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)
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss Asmaa G. Salem" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:40:48 -0300
Subject: Re: SUPPLY OF HERBS
Dear Friend, Please work with me!
My name is Asmaa Salem, an Egyptian citizen working here in United
Kingdom. Working as the Purchasing Manager (PM) with Health Life Pharma
Ltd. I apologize for contacting you via email without meeting you
prior to this time. It maybe impromptu,Your wife gave me your contact
but I wish to invite you for this business in confidence. It is about
a business supply of medical raw materials for production of expensive
anti-retroviral medicines, which is highly needed at all cost by our
Our company through my department purchases herbal product (seeds and
root) which has been proved useful in curing deadly human diseases
from suppliers at the rate of $1,620 per Lamivudine herb. These
suppliers' buys from farmers at the rate of $950 per sachet and each
sachet comes in 500 grams weight. Then, the supplier resells to our
company at $1,620 per sachet. I confidentially got the contact
information of the direct farmers, but I do not wish to disclose my
findings to the Director, because I have interest in the trade.
I luckily got the transaction details of the merchant whom supplied
these raw materials with contact details of the farmer whom grow the
seeds in Togo Republic and Northern India.
My proposal is simple; I need a trustworthy individual or company that
will act as a supplier. If you pick my proposal, I will provide all
necessary information concerning the dealers, farmers and how to
supply the raw materials to us. The quantity required monthly from the
suppliers is 3,000 to 8,000 sachets per month. A profit of $670 per
sachet multiplied by 5,000 on averages is US$3,350,000 profit!!.
The Flat point is that Health Life Pharmaceuticals shall only require
test-sample of the herb from you as a proof of your ability to supply
such medicinal herb. Our company is ready to pay you in advance to
make the supply if you are worthy to provide the sample from the
farmer. If you want to partner with me, I shall give you more details
and how we can go about it. Please this is very urgent. The herb is
called Lamivudine and is scarce and rare to find. It does not grow on
any other soil. The company needs it urgently. You don't need special
experience in the business. You can also handle it online without
Miss Asmaa G. Salem,
Snr Administrative Officer,
Health Life Pharm, Ltd.