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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Col. Sambo Dasuki" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:19:27 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir,
Please I crave you or your company's indulgence and co-operation for
us to jointly establish a viable investment in the areas of real
estate, telecommunication, hotel and restaurant or any other
profitable investment portfolio of your expertise.I believe that you
will be trustworthy enough to handle this project on my behalf, I need
experiences person who will assist me to develop and handle all the
projects on my behalf on partnership terms and also act as Chairman of
the investments pending when I will be free to come over to your
country to join you.
I am Col. Sambo Dasuki, Former National Security Adviser. I need your
maximum cooperation and trust to invest USD $65 Million in your
country or any other country you may recommend. I urgently want to
invest this fund in a viable business to avoid president Buhari
governance not to mistake it as Government mismanaged fund. I realized
these funds from my long time savings and proceeds from diamond
President Buhari Government have already started probing me, they are
now frustrating me and others who served under president Goodluck
Jonathan. I have been restricted by the new government from traveling
abroad for now and we facing a serious probing. At this juncture you
can see why I cannot handle this transaction by myself at the moment
without a front as Partner/Representative whom I presume is
trustworthy and honest to help me achieve my goals. so I had to make
this exclusive contact with you.
Your entitlements are 100% guaranteed. Please kindly get back to me
via this email for more details,If you are not interested, donât go
further, do not expose me. Thank you.
Col. Sambo Dasuki
Former National Security Adviser.