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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" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:10:34 -0000
Subject: Confidential From Sambo

Aso Rock villa, Asokoro District, Abuja
Direct Security Line +234-81-3918-0751

I am General Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), National Security Adviser to President

I am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded
it's seating in Abuja just released your name amongst contractors to
benefit from the diplomatic Immunity Payment. This Panel was primarily
delegated to Investigate manipulated contract claims, contracts and
over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten deep into the economy of our
dear country.

However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract profile is
still reflecting in our central computer as unpaid contractor while
auditing was going on. Your contract file was forwarded to my office by
the auditors as unclaimed fund, we wish to use this medium to inform you
that for the time being Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further
payment through bank to bank transfer due to contractors numerous
petitions to United Nations against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion
of contract funds to different account.

In this regards we are going to send your contract part payment of
47Million USD. To you via our accredited shipping company and I have
secured every needed documents to cover the money. Note: The money is
coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic
nylon seal and padded with machine.

Please you don't have to worry for anything, as the transaction is 100%
risk free. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany
the boxes to your house address.

All you need to do now is to send to me your full house address and your
identity such as, international passport or drivers license and your
mobile phone and telephone number, The Diplomatic Attach will travel with
it. He will call you immediately he arrives your country's airport. I hope
you understand me.

Please kindly get back to me today also with the requested information's
so that we can proceed on this matter as soon as possible .

1)Your full name.
2)Phone, fax and mobile #.
3)company name, position and address.
4)profession, age and marital status.
5)Copy of int'l passport,drivers license,or any valid ID card.

Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes.

What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film
Materials for security reasons. I did not declare money to them please.

If they call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok.

Call me on my direct phone +234-81-3918-0751 or email and I will let you
know how far I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the
Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate which will make it pass every
custom checkpoint all over the world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of
this message and send the requirements to me immediately you receive this

Please i need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to live as soon
as we hear from you. Call me immediately.


Best Regards,

General Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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