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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: Malizer Garang <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 05:11:12 -0800 (PST)

Dearest one,

Kindly accept my apology for sending mail to you.I believe you are a highly respected personality and i beleive we will have a greater love life in future. I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and fragile political situation in my country Sudan
I am Miss Malizer Garang from the Republic of Sudan, the Daughter of Late Dr. John Garang. Before my late father’s death, was Vice President of Sudan and was kill by Sudan President Omar al Bashir in helicopter crash.

The main reason why I am contacting you now is to seek you assistance in the area of my future investment and also for a help hand over some amount of money my Late father deposited for me as beneficiary.This money is $25.5m my late father deposited for me.

Now i am in Dakar Senegal, I came here after the death of my parents and i am in search of a foreign partner to help me retrieve the money from the financier firm and also help me relocate to his /her country and invest in real estate and industrial productions. I have contacted the concern firm so many times but what they told me was due to my refugee status they will not release the fund to me, therefore i should present a partiner,sincere person or a company to stand on my behalf.

I am now asking you to please help me stand on my behalf to make this claim, stand as my partner oversea and in time of the investment as well.

Please if you are willing to assist me,indicate your interest in replying soonest.


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