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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:46:50 +0100
Subject: Please get back to me...

Mr:- Tunde PoundsNiger Delta Development Commission,Old Secretariat Complex,Victoria-Island, Lagos.Email(
Dear Friend,I am Mr. Tunde Pounds, an official in the Nigerian Government and also a founding member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I guess this mail will come to you as a surprise, I believe it's God's direction, the fact is that you and two other people where the result of my search for a foreign contact. I have been delegated as a matter of trust by my colleagues, to look for an overseas account were we would transfer some funds into, hence the reason for this mail. We shall be Transferring the money to your account with you as the beneficiary, under the guise that you are being paid for a contract which you/your company executed for our country through the NDDC and any other Federal Ministry that we decide to use to siphon the funds through. My committee - The Niger Delta Development Commission (N.D.D.C.) - which is in charge of managing and supervising the disbursement of oil sales revenues for the Nigerian Government which covers payment to foreign and local contractors that have executed contracts for our country. The revenue under our control runs into several hundred of millions of dollars monthly. Myself and other colleagues in the N.D.D.C. are currently in need of a foreign partner with whose bank account we shall transfer the sum of Fourty Million United States Dollars ($40M). This fund was accrued from various over invoicing of foreign contractor's payments made over the years. The Total fund is presently waiting in the Government Account named CBN/FGN INDEPENDENT REVENUE account of the Central Bank of Nigeria. However, by virtue of our position as civil servants and members of the N.D.D.C., we cannot acquire this funds in our name. This is because as top civil servants, we are not allowed by law of the land to own or operate bank accounts outside our country for now. For your support and partnership, please reply me through this reserved mail boxEmail( percentage will be discuss, you must however note that this transaction with regards to our disposition to continue with you, is subject to the terms. Firstly, our conviction of your transparency, Secondly that you treat this transaction with utmost secrecy and confidentiality and above all, that you will provide an account over which you have absolute control. This transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and there is no risk or legal liability either to ourselves or yourself now or in the future as we have put in place the necessary machinery that will ensure a hitch free transfer into your account upon acceptance. The transfer will be effected to your account within ten to fourteen (10-14) working days from the date we reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable bank account and company name and address with all your contact numbers fax/telephone. I look forward to doing business with you and do seek your transparency in this transaction, Please mail your response to me through Email( so i can also give you my phone contact numbers and update you on our plans as to how we intend to actualize this. Moreso, I will also appreciate you send me your Telephone/Fax number in your response. Sincerely yours,Mr- Tunde Pounds
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