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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 21:33:27 -0100

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs Elizabeth Garang, the wife of the Sudan's vice President John
Garag who was killed in an helicopter
crash on August 1, 2005 .I am currently in Kenya, where I am taken refugee
with my son Philip Garang.

We ran from Sudan because the incumbent government of Sudan want my son and

i killed because my husband was striving hard For the liberation of
southern Sudan. I want to
confide in you if you can assist me to receive a trunk box of treasure box
containing $25,000,000,USD
which my late husband deposited with a diplomatic courier service for
onward delivery to purchase
arms for the liberation army.

The diplomat is will deliver the trunk boxes in your country in a few days
and i want you to front as my beneficiary
to claim this trunk box before i arrive to your country, and this deposit
was made under my son's name as the
next of kin. This consignment was deposited under class U.P.C meaning
undisputed private consignment that is to
say the diplomatic courier service is ignorant of the true contents of the
consignment because, the contents was
declared as an African arts.

Upon request I will scan and send to you the certificate of deposit for
your perusal before the transaction
commences. Considering the effort you will put in the transaction, we are
willing to concede 25% of the money
to you as compensation, while remaining 75% will be for i and my son

If you are ready you assist me ,please send me your phone number and your
resident address so that i can forward
it to the diplomat as my son's beneficiary as my i will instruct the
officer in charge to deliver the consignment to you in
your place on my behalf if only you are not going to betray us at the end.

You can visit this website to know more about my later husband.

Please write me back through my private email address. below.

I await to hear from you soon.


Mrs. Elizabeth Garang.


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