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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: "Bamanga Dickson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 23:42:30 +0700
Subject: hope to hear from you

Dear Sir,

I am sorry to interrupt your peace since you are not
expecting to receive any mail from me. However, I was
obliged to do so due to the importance and urgency of
the massage. I crave your indulgence and want to
reassure you that I have good intention and that it is
only for our mutual benefit . So please do not be
embbarrassed .

I am Mr.Bamanga Dickson, I got to know you courtesy of
international business bureau here in ( Thailand)
Sequel to my zeal towards foreign investment and also
security for my life and my possession, I therefore
write to give you a breakdown of this proposal .

I was the personal confidant to the first
vice-president, Dr John Garang of Southern Sudan whose
death was a deep sadness by popular demand of the
citizens of Southern Sudan's as a result of helicopter
crash. Dr. Garang's demise is a tragedy of enormous
proportions. His death is a huge loss not only to the
people of Sudan but to the people of Eastern Africa
and the continent as a whole.

I will be 38 years this year and out of this years, 16
years was spent in the bush fighting as a Guerilla.
All these years my total devotion was to the late Vice
president. Eventually we succeeded in over- running
Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). I was
handsomely rewarded with the position of personal
confidant of the president . Aside being his chief
security officer, I was also charged with the
responsibility of ensuring steady purchase and supply
of arms from North Korea.

A week before the death of the vice president I was in
North Korea with a total sum of US$19 million dollars
cash( Nineteen million US dollars) which was brought
in through diplomatic means.This money was to effect
the payment of shipment of long-range anti-tanker
launchers to my country before I learnt of the sudden
death of the Vice president.

My initial reaction was to deposit this money with a
Security company in North Korea, but due to security
reasons l diverted the box containing the fund to
Thailand through a diplomatic means. On arrival here I
immediately deposited the treasure into a private
Security /finance company for safe keeping although
the Security Company and the diplomat who assisted me
to Thailand is unaware of the contents as they were
deposited as privileged consignments.

Right now, I am seeking for a partner who shall serve
as the guardian/overseer of this fund with whom I can
plan the best way to move this money for investment
purposes, which is my motive for contacting you.

To be able to actualize this project, you are required
to assist in the following manners.

(1) That you shall serve as the general overseer and
guardian of this fund and all investment thereafter.

(2) To assist in providing me and my immediate family
permanent residential permit in your country after the
money must have been transferred to your account.

For these services, I have made up my mind to reward
you with a good percentage after you have shown
your willingness to assist, and most importantly all
expenses involved in this transaction will be taken
care of when the money have been safely transferred to
your designated account.

In addition , there would be a face to face meeting
here in Bangkok Thailand for further discussions and
to consummate the transaction at once. I will give you
all the details in my next mail when you have
indicated your interest and commitment to work with

Always remember that this is the highest confidence
and trust any person can repose on the other,
especially when it is considered that we did not know
ourselves before. I hope you will honor me too.

Now I urge you to take this message seriously and with
an open mind, good faith and trust. Join me and I am
assuring you now that you will never be disappointed.
I expect to receive your response soonest I do not
intend to have this transaction delayed. Please treat
this as highly confidential by keeping it only to

I look forward to your urgent co-operation.

Best regards,

Mr.Bamanga Dickson

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