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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: "Alan Deng" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:28:47 -0400

From: Mr. Alan Deng
South Africa
Dear Sir/Madam,
Permit me to introduce this proposal assistance to you. I am Mr. Alan Deng, the Eldest son to Late Lt. Gen. Dominic Deng, the former Sudan Defense Minister. My Father died in a sabotaged plane crash along side with my mother and other Senior Military Officials. You can read the sad story at:
I got your contact information from Global Online Trade & Investment Solution during the process of searching for a reliable BUSINESS PARTNER of our family Cash worth of US$25 MILLION (Twenty Five Million United States Dollars).
This money is owned by my late father in exchange to the purchase of arms from South Africa, for the SUDAN PEOPLE LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SPLM) military wing before his untimely death caused by the unpleasant situation in my country that is still going on now. As the news of the peace agreement reaches my father while he was in South Africa for the Arms deal, he took advantage of the opportunity and deposited the Cash into security company in South Africa.
As a result of several threats from the incumbent president, Omar Al-Bashir who has denied any Government involvement in master minding the death of my Father, we decided to migrate to South Africa to seek for a capable foreign partner for assistant. If you will agree to assist me in regards to saving me and my sister inheritance both transferring and  investing this money in a profitable business venture in your country or any other of your choice, i shall give you 35% of the total amount which amounts to USD8, 750,000.00 (Eight Million Seven Hundred & Fifty Thousand United States Dollars). Upon your acceptance to partnership, please indicate your interest by contacting me via this email. ( Also email me your Personal Profile, and I will give you comprehensive detail
on how this transaction would be accomplished without any hitch since i have all the relevant document to secure this money from the security company at my position without questions or ague .
Thanks in anticipation to your co-operation
Yours Truly,
Alan Deng

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