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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: Sambodasuki <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 22:21:30 -1200
Subject: Dear Sir/Ma,

Dear Sir,

I crave your indulgence to a joint establishment in viable investment
in the areas of real estate, telecommunication, hotel and restaurant
or profitable venture portfolio of your expertise. I need experienced
person who will develop and handle any of above projects on my behalf
on partnership terms, thus act as Chairman of the investments while I
will join you there your country later.

I am Rtd-Col. Sambo Dasuki, Former National Security Adviser of
Nigeria under the regime of former president Good-luck Ebere
Jonathan. I urgently want to invest my hidden money before the
incumbent president Buhari confiscate it for his Government. I need
your maximum cooperation and trust to invest USD $65 Million in your
country or any other country you may recommend.This money is earned
from my long time service and proceeds from my 18 years of saving in
service. But just because i was opportune to be security chief of past
government now President Muhhamadu Buhari want to confiscate for his
personal use.

I have been detained and now released but restricted me not to travel
out of the country until they extract all my hard earned monies. They
have seized my international passport and traveling documents, bank
accounts and assets frozen. This is the reason why I want to front
you as my partner/Representative to move the cash to different
locations. Your entitlements are 100% guaranteed.

kindly get back to me confidentially via this email: for details If you are not interested,
don’t go further, do not expose me. Thank you.

Your sincerely,

Rtd-Col. Sambo Dasuki.

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