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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: "doctorpeter manalli" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:07:06 +0000
Subject: Good Day!

Dear Friend,

I am Dr. Peter Manalli a native of Cape Town in South Africa and I am a
Director of Project Implementation with the South Africa Department of
Minerals and Energy. First and foremost, I apologize Using this medium to
reach you for a transanction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to
confidential and prompt access reposed on this medium. Be informed that a
member of the South Africa Export Promotion Council (SAEPC) who was at the
Government delegation to your country during a trade exhibition gave your
enviable credentials/particulars to me.

I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution
of the deal described below for the benefit of all parties and hope you will
keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transanction. Within
the Department of Minerals and Energy where I work as a Director and with
the cooperation of four other top officials, we have in our possession as
overdue payment bills totaling Fourteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand U.S
Dollars ($14,300,000.00) which we want to transfer abroad with the
assistance and co-operation of a foreign company/individual to receive the
said fund on our behalf or a reliable foreign non-company account to receive
such funds. More so, we are handicapped in the circumstances, as the South
Africa Civil Service Code of Conduct does not allow us to operate offshore
account hence your importance in the whole transanction.

The amount $14.3m represents the balance of the total contract value on
behalf of my Department by a foreign contracting firm, which we the
officials over-invoiced deliberately. Though the actual contract cost have
been paid to the original contractor. Leaving the balance in the Tune of the
said amount which we have in principles gotten approval to remit by Key
tested Telegraphic Transfer (K.T.T) to any foreign bank account you will
provide by filling in an application through the Justice Ministry here in
South Africa for the transfer of Rights and privileges of the former
contractor to you. I have the authority of my partners involved to propose
that should you be willing to assist us in the transanction, your share of
the sum will be 30% of the $14.3million, 60% for us and 10% for taxation and
miscellaneous expenses. The business itself is 100% safe, on your part
provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentially. Also your area
of specialization is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this

I have reposed my confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint
me. Endeavour to contact me immediately through my email address for
confidentiality reasons weather or not you are interested in the deal. If
you are not, it will enable me sort for another foreign partner to carry out
this deal I want to assure you that my partners and myself are in a position
to make the payment of this claim possible provided you can give us a very
strong Assurance and Guarantee that our share will be secured and pleased
endeavour to treat this transanction with utmost confidentiality, because we
will not comprehend with any form to exposure as we are still in active
Government Services and remember once again that time is of the essence in
this business.Pplease your private telephone number so that i can call you
if you are interested.

I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation.

Yours faithfully,
Dr Peter Manalli.


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