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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: Anita Dim Deng <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 06:06:23 -0700

My Bloved Friend

Good day, I'm a citizen of Sudan but currently staying in Burkina Faso. My
names is Miss. Anita Dim Deng. I'm 25years old originated from Sudan. I
believe that it is better we know each other better because I believe that
any good relationship will only last if it is build on trust and mutual
understanding. my father Dr. Dominic Dim Deng was the former minister of
(SPLA) affaire and special adviser to President SALVA KIIR of South Sudan.

My father Dr. Dominic Dim Deng and my mother including other top military
officers and also top government officials had been on board when the plane
crashed on Friday May 02, 2008, you can read more about the crash through
the below website:

listing to what happened After the burial of my father, my uncle conspired
and sold my father's properties and left nothing for me, on a faithful
morning I opened my lat father's room which I saw a briefcase and I opened
it there I found documents in which indicated that my lat father deposited
amount of money in one of the bank in Burkina Faso in my name as his next
of kin. I travelled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the money so that I can
start a better life and take care of myself.

On my arrival, the branch manager of the bank whom I met in person told me
that what my father's instruction to the bank was that the money should
release to me only when I am married or if I present a trustee who will
help me and invest the money overseas. I have chosen to contact you and I
believe that you will not betray my trust on you, though you may wonder why
I so soon revealed myself to you without knowing you well, I am convince
that you are the real person to help me out.

I will disclose much to you if you can assist me to relocate to your
country because my wicked uncle has threatened to assassinate me. The
amount involved is € 8.5 Million Euro) with two boxs of Gold I have
confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso where the Gold was deposited. You
will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture
in your country.

However you will help me by recommending a nice university in your country
so that I can complete my education, it is my intension to compensate you
with 30% from the total money for your noble assistance and the balance
shall be my capital for establishment after my school.
In receipt of your below information’s, I will summit a letter of
introduction to the bank immediately in your name as my trustee.

Please read this proposal as urgent and contact me with your information’s

1. Name In full:...................
2. Address:..........................
3. Nationality:......................
4. Age:.................................
5. Sex..................................
6. Occupation: ....................
7. Marital Status:..................
8. Phone..............................

Yours Faithfully,

Miss. Anita Dim Deng.

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