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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr Maxwell John Garang." <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 19:27:58 +0000
Subject: Voice Of Sudanese Help

Attn: /

I know you will be surprise to receive this mail; I got your contact through the net when
I was searching for a reliable person who will assist i and my mother out of this predicament.
I am Mr Maxwell John Garang, the only son of farmer Sudanese Late Vice President. My father death was the Vice President John Garang, triggered riots in the capital city of
Khartoum on Monday August 1st 2005 killing an estimated of 36 people on board the plan.

We are presently in Senegal, where we were granted political asylum after the death of my
late father. I inherited the sum of (US$7.500, 000:00 USD) SEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS, and this money has been deposited in overseas finance firm, by my late father. I have every document that covered this fund on my name as the next of kin and the only son.

My reason for contacting you is that this country is know longer a safe place for i and my mother investment for the fear of encountering the same experience of my late father in future since the both countries has the same political history, based on this point we seek for your
assistance as a reliable partner to do this transaction with us abroad.

If you are interested in assisting us to invest this fund in your country or becoming my partner
in business, please try to contact me as soon as possible. Endeavour to keep this transaction very private and confidential, because it's my family lifetime future investment. Please, reply Urgently to my alternative E-mail box: your percentage for assisting us will stand on 35% of the total fund as soon as you agree with us.

Best Regard.

Mr Maxwell John Garang.

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