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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: "daniel garang" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:46:28 +0200

Mr.Daniel Garang

Department Of Finance & Economic Affairs

Confidential Business

First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. I am a high

placed official working with Department of Finance (& Economic
Affairs), in Cape Town South Africa . I and two other colleagues are
currently in need of a silent foreign partner whose identity we can
use to transfer the sum of Twenty Six Million Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars USD26, 500, 000, 00. This fund accrued legitimately to us as
commission from foreign contracts, through our private connections.

The fund is presently waiting to be remitted from ABSA bank here in
South Africa to any overseas beneficiary confirmed by us as
associate/receiver. By virtue of our positions as civil servants in my

country, we cannot acquire this money in our names. Because as high
placed civil servants, we are not allowed by the civil service code of

conduct to own or operate bank accounts outside of our shores. On the
other hand, it is not safe for us to keep the money here due to
unstable political environment.

I have been mandated as a matter of trust by my colleagues, to look
for an overseas silent partner who could work with us to facilitate
transfer of this fund for our mutual benefit, hence the reason for
this email.

What I am requesting from you is:

1. To be our silent partner and receive the funds as the sole
benefactor to the contract amount which we shall secure all legal
documentation to authenticate our claim.

2. Provide a private telephone and fax number for easy
communication under your control.

3. Receive the funds as the beneficiary, take out your commission

and keep the rest of the money until I arrive there to meet you after
the transfer is completed.

My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as

follows: (1) 15% to you as commission for your co-operation and
assistance in facilitating the transfer, while the remaining 85%
belongs to me and two colleagues. You will be free to take out your
commission immediately after the money hits your country. Since our
objective is to invest the money in a foreign country, it would be
appreciated if you could also help us with advices and direction on
investing into profitable/lucrative ventures in your country for an
additional 3%.

However, this is optional, and if it is not convenient for you to
further assist us with investing the money, we can end our cooperation

after you make available to us our part of the money.

The transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and the money will
be transferred successful with all necessary back-up official
documents showing legitimate source/origin of fund. The transfer will
be affected within a period not longer than two weeks as soon as we
reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response
indicating your interest for processing the transfer. I plead with you

on one issue, whether you are interested or not, kindly do not expose
this information to any one else.

I confirm that the transaction is legitimate and without any risks
either to us or yourself. Please, give me your response immediately by

return mail through my alternate email address: daniel<>

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Daniel garang

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