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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:

Fraud email example:

From: "Bains" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 21:29:40 -0700
Subject: % CAN I TRUST YOU????

Dear Friend.
Greetings to you.
I have  a contract supply opportunity available at a major reputable pharmaceutical company I work for. This opportunity can be a good business take of point in 2020 with good profit guaranteed as I just discovered the old supplier is not the farmer as he claims. He is a supplier that get the product from the farmer and supply to us at a huge profit margin.
The product is Azidothymidine medicine production herbs.
The herbs farmer in USA
The buying Pharmaceutical company in UK
The Farmer sells at $800 per sachets
The pharmaceutical company buys at $1200 per sachet
The company will be taking upto 15,000 to 20,000 sachets order from you if you can take up this contract supply opportunity and execute the contract to share profit with me for bringing this opportunity to you. The purchasing company (buyer)pays in advance after contract is signed to enable you supply the products. I want you to take over from the old supplier to execute this contract supply and share the profit with me. The product is strictly Medicinal herbs raw material and not in export prohibition list.
It is a simple genuine contract supply to earn legitimate profit and share the profit with me at ratio of 60 for you to manage this transaction and 40% for for bringing the transaction to you as an insider partner. No Specialization/Experience is required, you can be able to handle this contract supply without traveling anywhere from your home or country .
You are simply to coordinate with the farmer and the purchasing pharmaceutical company and try to ensure the purchasing pharmaceutical company is not linked directly to the farmer. If they do, they will deal directly with the farmer.
(You can function as the farmer/supplier) to the purchasing pharmaceutical company to protect our business interest and also to guarantee our profit from the transaction. I will provide further details after i have read from you to Sign the profit share agreement.
Yours faithfully,
(Mr. Baines)

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