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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: Linda John Garang <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 22:02:25 +0400
Subject: From Miss Linda J.Garang.

From Miss Linda J.Garang.
Dearest One,
I am Miss Linda John Garang the only Daughter of late General John Garang.
My father was the former rebel leader of sudan who letter became the vice president of Sudan before he was killed by a planned deal as plane crash which took place on Monday, 1 August 2005 in mountains located in southern Sudan. He was buried on Saturday, 6 August 2005. .
After the death of my mother on the 15th December 2005, the president of Sudan placed embargo on my late father's assets during his speach on the 2nd January 2006 which made me to leave the country through road to another country where the UN granted me refuge under political asylum camp.
As the only daughter of my father,During the time of his rebel wars, He Secretly called me on a faithful day and told me that he has the sum of $7,400.000.00 deposited in a company of safety in africa that he used my name as his first Daughter for the next of kin in depositing of the money. He also explained to me that I should seek for a God fearing foreigner in any country of my choice except Sudan where I will transfer this money and use it to further my education.
Please i am honorably seeking your assistance to be the beneficiary of this money because i went to the company of safety to take the money and i was told by the company of safety that i don't even have right to claim the money without my late father's foreign beneficiary.
It is based on this issue that i have contacted you to be the foreign beneficiary of my my late fater. If it pleases you, Kindly send me your full information, so that i will submit it to the company of safety and introduce you as the beneficiary of the money.
I will like you to be honest and sincere with me i will like you to help me to invest this money in any business that you knows too well after the successful transfer of this money to your country i will be coming to your country. expecting to hear from you soon through this email: (
Thanks and God Bless. Best regards. Miss Linda J.Garang.
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