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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: "General Sambo Mohammed Dasuki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:46:07 -0700

Aso Rock villa, Asokoro District, Abuja
Direct Security Line +234-9082114573,Fax, +234-47790765
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am the new National Security Adviser General Sambo Mohammed Dasuki
to the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Republic of Nigeria I am
delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded
itís seating in Abuja just released your name among 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 payment of
10.5Million 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 and be advised that the only fee
you will pay is the sum of $80 for the AIRWAY BILL fee.
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 Name 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..
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 (+234-8029960218) or Fax:
(234-47790765) email: ( and I will let
you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. 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 Mohammed Dasuki.
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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