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Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Email, purporting to be from Jean Paul Garang, who claims to be the son of the late Dr. John Garang, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, ask the recipient for help in accessing a fifteen million dollar deposit currently held by a European finance firm. 

Brief Analysis
The email is a scam designed to trick recipients into sending their money to Internet criminals. The large sum of money discussed in the message does not exist. It is the bait used to entice potential victims into replying. John Garang is a real person but he does not have a son named Jean Paul.


Subject: Confidence/Trust


Good Day,

I am writing you to solicit your co-operation in a multi million dollars investment.My name are Jean Paul Garang, the eldest son of Late Dr. John Garang,I am presently seeking political asylum here in Spain for fear of my live. My late father John Garang was the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army that fought the Khartoum government of Sudan for 21 years until 09 July 2005 when he was made the first vice president of Sudan after the Kenyan peace accord.

Three weeks after (30 July 2005) he was killed when he was returning from Uganda on the Ugandan presidential helicopter who is an ally to the Sudanese president Oman el Bashir during the civil war against the people of south Sudan. My late father was set up to believe all is well, My mother received a top secret information to find a way to smuggle me out of the country because the Khartoum Government is planning to kill me and my family.

Oil was discovered in southern Sudan in 1978, which erupted the civil war in 1983 Involving the government forces and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement under the leadership of my late father during the war, the oil wells were control by Sudanese People’s Liberation Army under the leadership of my late father.

I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance to secure my father’s fund deposited in Europe, my Late father’s deposited Fifteen Million United States Dollars cash ($15,000.000.00) now in the custody the vault house of a Private Finance firm in Europe. Before my father’s death, he told me about the deposit of the funds and he told me in case he dies I should find a way to get the funds out and my suffering people of Darfur and the Southern Sudanese should benefit from the funds and invest part of it into a profitable investment that will benefit my family and yours. I have all the documents concerning the deposit of this fund.

I am unable to stand on behalf of my late father because of my situation now as an asylum seeker and my status here Spain as an asylum seeker do not permit me to make any move towards the fund. For your time and assistance, I have decided that 20% of the total amount will be for your effort and another 5 % to cover all the expenses that may occur during this business transaction and the rest, we both have to put our heads together and invest it into a profitable business.

Please do go through the website for more information.

If you can assist my family, then kindly contact me immediately on the email below.

Best regards
yours truly,
Jean Paul Garang

Detailed Analysis
This email claims to be from a person named Jean Paul Garang who identifies himself as the son of the late John Garang, one time leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. According to the email, Jean Paul needs the recipient’s help to gain access to the princely sum of 15 million dollars that is being held in a private finance firm in Europe. Supposedly, because Jean Paul is currently an asylum seeker in Spain, and is therefore unable to take control of the fund himself he needs another person to act on his behalf. Jean Paul promises that 20% of the multi-million dollar deposit will be given to this helper in return for his or her assistance. To that end, Jean Paul asks the recipient to contact him via email should he or she be interested in participating in this “business transaction”. The message includes links to several website articles that provide information about Jean Paul’s supposed father John Garang.

John Garang was certainly a real individual and he did die in July 2005 as described in the message. However, the rest of the message consists of outright lies designed to trick people into handing over their money to Internet criminals. The million dollar deposit discussed in the scam message does not exist. The promise of a percentage of this money is the lure used by the scammer to fool victims into replying to the message. Moreover, there is no record of John Garang having a son named Jean Paul. A person who falls for the trap and replies to the message will soon be asked to send money to “Jean Paul”, ostensibly in order to allow the funds transfer to proceed as planned. Jean Paul will claim that this money is required to cover unavoidable fees such as insurance fees, bank charges, taxes, and transfer and delivery costs. Jean Paul will insist that these fees must be paid in advance. He will claim that, unless the fees are paid, the “deal” will not proceed. He will also claim that it is impossible to pay the fees out of the fund itself.
If a victim falls for the ruse, and sends money to cover the supposed fees, Jean Paul will then send further requests for yet more “unexpected” fees that have to be paid in advance. These requests are likely to continue until the victim runs out of money or belatedly realizes that a scam is afoot. Of course, all money sent will be pocketed by the canny “Jean Paul” and the hapless victim will never see even a cent of return on his or her “investment”. Such scammers take careful steps to cover their tracks and hide their real identities, and they usually target victims who live in countries other than their own. Thus, by the time a victim finally wakes up and reports the scam to authorities it will probably be too late for him or her to have any chance of recovering money already sent.

Advance fee or Nigerian scams like this one are certainly not new. In fact, they have been around for many years. The arrival of email and the Internet made it quicker and easier for advance fee scammers to operate. However, such scams were around long before the Internet came along, usually in the form of surface mail letters. Advance fee scams have received a great deal of publicity both on the Internet and in the mainstream media over a number of years. In spite of this publicity, advance fee scammers continue to steal millions of dollars every year from people all around the world.

Advance fee scammers send out many thousands or even millions of identical emails like the “Jean Paul” version above in the hope of reaching at least a few people who are unaware of how such scams operate. Even if only a handful of recipients fall for the trap, the scammers will manage to steal enough money to make their nefarious scheme pay off for them handsomely.

Scammers use a seemingly endless variety of cover stories to set traps for potential victims. Some, like this one, may include links and a small amount of factual information as a means of making their bogus stories sound more believable. All such scams tend to have a common theme, however, namely that the recipient’s assistance is required to access a large sum of money.

Be wary of any email, letter or fax that promises you a large amount of money in return for assisting the sender in processing or transferring funds. A closely related type of scam involves bogus messages that claim that the recipient has won money in an online lottery. These also involve the sending of advance fees, ostensibly to allow the release of the “winnings”, which of course, do not actually exist.

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