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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: "Rebecca Garang" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2009 15:36:14 +0000

Mrs. Rebecca Garang

Email: garang-family@live. com

                                                                  STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL


Good Day,


I am Mrs. Rebecca Garang, the wife of the late vice president of Sudan, Dr. John Garang De Mabior, who was the former rebel leader of THE SUDAN PEOPLE LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SPLM), who died on Saturday 30th of July 2005 on a sabotaged helicopter crash just three weeks after his inauguration on the 9th of July 2005 at our capital Khartoum. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Please click this website and read more about the crash: .


I got your contact through SOUTH AFRICA INFORMATION NETWORK ONLINE (SAINO).I did not disclose the nature of the business to them during the process of searching for a reliable partner/ company that can assist my family in transferring the sum of US$14 Million (Forteen Million United States Dollars) into your company or private account for safe keeping, sharing and investment, hence I decided to email you. Originally, this money was mapped out to procure arms and ammunitions for the SPLM military wing and my husband was solely in charge of organizing this purchase. As the news of the peace agreement reached my husband while he was still in South Africa to make the arms procurement, he used this opportunity to divert this fund for our family future up keep. He was fortunate to be in the republic of South Africa when the news came and he deposited the consignment (CASH) as family valuable for security reasons in a sealed metal box containing the fund with a Security Company in South Africa.


After depositing this fund, he came back and notify me and my eldest son about it and handed over the documents to us before he was inaugurated along with other top SPLM officials. The cabinet of the Incumbent president, Omar Al-Bashir has denied any Government involvement in master minding the death of my husband. As a result of serveral terrorization on our life, my two sons and I have to escape from our country to South Africa as POLITICAL ASYLUM SEEKERS. Upon our arrival, we realise that the financial policy of this country does not permit us certain financial rights to such huge amount of money. In view of this, we cannot invest this fund in South Africa, hence I seek your help to assist us transfer this fund out of South Africa for investment purposes.


Should you be interested to assist us, please send me your full names, brief description of your occupation, direct telephone and fax numbers. I will prefer you to reply my son Richard, via this  E-mail: or telephone: +27 73 929 5995 , he shall provide you with more details on this transaction. As a family,we are willing to offer you 30% of the total money for your assistance, while the rest will be kept for my family investment in your country through your advice. Please note that the continous existance of my family depends on this fund that is why i took the responsibility of making this initial contact on behalf of my family.


Do remember also that this transaction requires Ultmost Trust andConfidentiality. Your earliest response to this proposal will be highly appreciated.

God bless you.


Yours Truly,

Mrs. Rebecca Garang

(For the family)

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