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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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Fraud email example:

From: CHRIS EZE <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:51:15 +0100
Subject: RESPOND


It is my pleasure to contact you through this medium; my names are
{RTD} the national security adviser {NSA} to the former president of

My father COLONEL SAMBO DASUKI (RTD)has been arrested by security
agent over allegation of diversion of $2.1 Billion dollars meant for
the procurement of arms to counter insurgency in Nigeria .I tell you
the truth my father’s arrest and current detention is politically
motivated in two ways.

1. The rule he played in August 27th 1985 when GENERAL
MUHAMMADU BUHARI the current president was overthrew in a COUP D”ETAT
by former military head of state GENERAL IBRAHIM BABANGIDA my dad was
among the four majors that arrested him and place him under house
arrest for two year.

2. My dad has indicated his interest to contest for the
office of the president come2019 when the tenure of PRESIDENT
MUHAMMADU BUHARI will come to an end; these are the reasons for my dad
current predicament.

Recently my father was granted bail by the federal high court after
meeting the bail conditions he was rearrested at the prisons gate on
his way home by the order of the president.

The main reason why I am contacting you is for you to be of GREAT HELP
/ASSISTANT to me. My dad deposited $65million dollars in my name in
two BANKS one in the United Kingdom the other in COTONOU REPUBLIC OF
BENIN WEST AFRICA. I will like you to secure this fund for me till the
investigation of my family will be over.

I am ready to offer you 40%of the total sum if you will accept to be
of help to me in securing this fund.

The details on how the fund will be transferred into your account will
be forwarded to you immediately you indicate your interest to
partnership with me in securing this fund.

I will be very grateful if this my humble request will lead to your
urgent approval, you can Google about my dad COLONEL SAMBO DASUKI

I am waiting for your prompt respond.



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