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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: "Mark Bright" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:13:21 +0700
Subject: Supplying a Raw Material
I am Mr Mark Bright, I Wish to let you know about the business opportunity of supplying a raw material from India to the firm i am working for. I am an employee of a multinational animal vaccines production company in USA and UK working as the production manager.
There is a raw material which our company always send me to purchase from India. Right now I have been promoted to the post of production manager and the company cannot send me to India again, our director has asked me for the contact of the local dealer in India to enable them send the new purchasing manager to India to purchase the product directly from the dealer in India. i do not wish to let anyone in our company know about this because of my interest in the business and the profit we will be making in supplying the material to my company. I intend to present you as a supplier in your country (You will be a Middle person between our company and the local vendor in India) so that my company will not know the main source of the material. This is just a kind of buying and selling.
The local dealer in India selling it at the rate: ($29,000 USD) while my company purchase at the rate of
($47,000 USD) which has been the market price, and then all profits accrued would be shared between you and me, after deduction of all your expenses, etc. This would be a long term business relationship between you and our company.so i want us to take advantage of the market price that the India dealer offers the product on for a good earning. its quite unfortunate what happened to my India partner, Mr. Kunal Krishnan Reddy, who lived in Dubai UAE, who use to purchase the material from the local dealer in India and supply to my company, I found out he died of Cancer on 12th June 2018, he hailed from Termilnadu State India. May his soul rest in Peace,
This material can be found in India and South America only but best purity and cheaper in India. I want you to act as the dealer. I will present you to the company as the dealer in India where he was purchasing this product; You would now purchase the product from the manufacturer whom he used to buy from, and supply to our company with you as the direct dealer. After purchasing from original manufacturer, you would sell to our new purchasing manager at a higher price. The profit would be shared between you and I. This business is very lucrative and it is continuous.
Your role must be played perfectly and the least I expect from you is betrayal.
I dont want my organization to know the real cost of the product because of my interest.
Kindly revert back to me if you are interested.
Awaiting your reply with best wishes, kindly reply future corresponding if you are interested to my private email below.
Mark Bright .