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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: "Dinka Achaman" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 21:25:19 +0200
Subject: Please reply immediately you receive this mail for further discussion

Good day !
I pray to God that this message reaches you in good health.I am making this contact with you based on trust and confidence irrespective of the fact that we have not meet before and due to nature of the situation i found myself as a victim of Sudan political crises in my country which involved lost of my parent during the war between the government and rebel leader (John Garang) who died in a plane crash after 21 days of his sworn in as the first vice president.
My name is Mr.Dinka Achaman,from southern part of sudan.My late father Capt. Salva Achaman was a bodyguard to the Rebel leader (John Garang).My father was murdered in cold blood late last two years 2004,while my mother died during the bombing of our village,Rahad Kabolong in western sudanese state of north Darfur.
Iam contacting you based on a pitiable situation in which I found myself today.
Please find a way to help me out and I will remain grateful.There is an information I would like you to keep very confidential.There is sum amount of money my late He deposited in a finance company for safe keeping before his death on the battle field by the Sudanese Millitary force last year.
The squable happened as over the issue of mineral and allocation resource of gold using his influence as opportunity to smuggle gold to the neighbouring countries in exchange for money and other valuable assets. Presently,the money is $10,700.000 Milllion U.S.Dollars.
I need your assistance for the withdrawal of the safe box and also transfer the money to your position for partnership investment in your country under your care.My father registered the beneficiary of the consignment with my name as his next ofkin.The deposit documents are with me. What I would want you to do,is to assist me to get the funds withdrawn from the finance company,have the same transfered to your position with your name and thereafter offer you 25% from the total sum as your rewards for assisting me.
Please there is no risk in this transaction.I will use the remain balance of the money for an investiment in your country for the future of my our family.If you are intrested,and can maintain the very confidentiality of this transaction,you e-mail me immediately for the withdrawal of the fund.
The Sudan government through it's various agents has confisticated all my late father known properties since his death.Go through bellow website to find more details of what my country have passed through.
Please reply immediately you receive this mail for further discussion to enable me nominate you to enable you establish contact with them on how the money can be transfered to your position once it leaves treasury department of the finance company.
Thanks for your anticipated understanding and co-operation.

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