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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: samson jacob <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 08:37:31 +0000
Subject: Attention Sir,

Attention Sir,

Complimets of the season and I hope this mail meets you well.

I am in need of your assistance. My name is Col. J. Samson, assigned to the Engineering Military Unit Plateua State Northern Nigeria.

We have about $48 Million US Dollars that we have moved to Ghana during the Moslems/Christians crises in the state, however due to some irregularities we want to transfer the money out of it's current location for investement purposes to a designated location which of course could be a place of your choice.

My partners and I need a reliable associate who can assist in the said venture, let me assure you that there is nothing illegal about this.

The most important factor in every dealings of life is trust which am sure you are very aware of so we would like to bestow our full and uncondtional trust in you with assurance that you would do the same . You are entitiled to 25% of the total sum.

All we ask is that you find a secured place (if possibly an account) where the money will be kept.

It would be in the Interest of both parties to benefit fully so I urge you to take this issue seriously.

Awaiting your response.


Col. J Samson

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