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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: sambo yobo <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 07:07:22 -0800
Subject: Good Day,

Good Day,

Permit me to inform you of my desire to go into business relationship with
you.I'm the only daughter of Late Mrs.Tutu Sambo, my late father was
poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a
business trip in Africa. Before the death of my father on July 2010,

He told me before his death that he had a large amount of money (US$10
Million) stashed in one of he Prime Security company vaults in Lome - Togo
West Africa.Because of this wealth he was poisoned by his business partner
.That I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice
where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose.

So I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following areas:

(1)To procure a profitable investment where this fund can be invested.
(2)To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20 years.
(3)To make arrangements for me to come over to your country to further my
education in your Country.
(4)My Late Father advised That I should use it for investment purposes such
as (Real Estate Management, Five Star Hotel or in the Transport Industry).

I look forward to a speedy co-operation from your side to enable me give
you more information.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr Sambo Yobo,

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