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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 13:33:29 +0100

Prof Abubakar Sani Sambo
Energy Commission of Nigeria,
Plot 701cCentral Area,
P.M.B. 358, Garki, Abuja.


I am the group director, federal energycommission, I
have the confidence that you will be ofimmense
assistance to me in this business of mutual benefits.
I havethe sum of twenty two million usd ($18M
deposited with a finance bankoverseas. I wish to
invest this money in your country: hence Iam
soliciting for your partnership in a joint venture.
Therefore Iseek your assistance to work with me to
receive this fund into yourbank account as the

You will invest, manage, andoversee the investments
until I retire from active service. This fundis
accrued from over invoiced and inflated contract
executed byforeign contractors in the previous months
in the ministry.

Theactual amount ($18M) is the over-invoiced
difference, and the originalcontract has been paid. I
will use my official position to secure allthe
documents and place you as the bonafide contractor,
and the fundswill be transferred to your bank
I Will send to you all therelevant documents and give
you all the contacts required for the fundsto get
into your account.

If you accept this transaction and wish towork with
me please do send to me the following.
1. Your fullnames
2. Your contact telephone/fax numbers
3. Your detailed bankaccount information where you
will like to receive the funds.
4. andyour full address

Also I advice you to keep thistransaction
confidential to protect my position in office, though
thistransaction is 100% free on your side and mine.
I am looking forward toyour response.
Please do send all your response to my privatemail
Yours faithfully,
Prof Abubakar .S Sambo

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