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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: "Engr. Bamanga Attah" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 17:52:32 +0000

Executive Director Project,
Seme Delta Development Commission,
Old Secretariat Complex,
St Louis-Island, Dakar.
Email :

For your kind attention:

Dear friend,

I am Engr. Bamanga Attah Executive Director Project, with the Seme Delta Development Commission (SDDC). My commission - The Seme Delta Development Commission (SDDC)-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 the Federal Government. The revenue under our control runs into several hundred of millions of dollars monthly. Myself and other colleagues in the SDDC are currently in need of a foreign partner with whose bank account we shall transfer the sum of ten Million five hundred thausand United States Dollars ($10.5m). This fund was accrued from various over invoicing of foreign contractors’ payments made over the years from 1996-2004.

The Total fund is presently waiting in the Government Account named (C.B INDEPENDENT REVENUE(s) account . However, by virtue of my position as civil servant and staff of the SDDC, I cannot acquire this funds in my name. This is because as a top civil servant, I will not allowed by the law of the land to own or operate a foreign bank accounts outside our country for now. I have been delegated as a matter of trust , to look for an overseas partner in whose account we would transfer the fund, hence the reason for this mail. We shall be Transferring the money to your account with the company name you may provide as the beneficiary, under the guise that you are being paid for a contract which you/your company executed for our country through the Commission.

For your support and partnership, please reply me to negotiate your fees or the percentage you wish to be paid when the funds arrive your bank account. You must however note that this transaction, with regards to my disposition to continue with you, is subject to these terms. Firstly, our conviction of your transparency. Secondly, that you treat this transaction with utmost secrecy and confidentiality. Finally and above all, that you will provide an account over which you have absolute control.

The transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and there is no risk or legal liability either to ourselves or yourself now or in the future as i will have put in place all the necessary machinery to ensure a hitch free transfer of the fund into your account upon acceptance for our sub-sequent sharing according to our agreed ratio. The transfer will be effected to your account within five - seven (5-7) working days from the date we reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable bank account and company name with your contact phone & fax number for transmission of the relevant documents to you.

I am looking forward to do business with you as per your promised of confidence in this transaction, Please mail back your response through my above email address for me to update you on my plans as to how we intend to actualize this transaction.

Sincerely yours,
Engr. Bamanga Attah


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