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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: "emmanuel teylor" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 17:26:58 +0200

Captain Emmanuel Garang
TEL: 27-73 233 4208
FAX: 27 83 531 0247


I know this message is going to surprise you, considering that I am unknown
to you, but I want you to know that this email is sent with all good
intentions in mind.

My name is captain Emmanuel Garang; I am the second in commander of John
karan the rebel leader of southern Sudan.

I have been delegated by my commander John Garan to go to South Africa with
the sum of (US$28.M) Twenty-eight million United States dollars for the
purchase of ammunition. When I was in South Africa I had the sudden death of
my commander John karan who was killed in plane crash, that’s when I
deposited the money in a private Security Company here in South Africa.

I have decided to use the money for my personal use and invest the money
with the help of a foreign partner.

Now, if you decide to assist me, first I will demand absolute
confidentiality for the Security of my family, and I want you to know that
for your assistance you will be compensated with 20% of the Total sum.

Please, you can reach me through the following phone and fax numbers listed
below. And it is also important you give me your confidential phone and fax
numbers on indication of your interest in the transaction.

Best regards,

Captain Emmanuel Garang.

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