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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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Fraud email example:

From: "susan shabangu" <susana4_gov@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 08:32:06 -0500
Subject: PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL

FROM: Mrs SUSAN SHABANGU
Dept. Mins: Safety & Security
Private Bag X463, PRETORIA, 0001
Wachthuis, Thuvalk Arcade
Pretoria,South Africa
www.gov.za

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

            

STRICTLY FOR YOU & NEEDS URGENT RESPONSE PLEASE!

 

I Am Quite Sure That This Mail Will Surprise You Since I Have Not Been Having Previous Correspondences With You.First, let me start by introducing myself as MRS SUSAN SHABANGU, a mother of three children and the Deputy Minister, Safety and Security, since 29th April 1996 to date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR THABO MBEKI. After due deliberation with my children, I decided tocontact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of (US$19.5MillionUnited States Dollars). You can view my profile at my website www.gov.za then click on contact formation, then also click at deputy ministers, then click on my office (Safety and Security). www.info.gov.za/gol/gcis_profile.jsp?id=1066

After the swearing in ceremony making me the Deputy Ministry,Safety and Security, my husband Mr Ndelebe Shabangu died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in1996. After his death, I discovered that he had some fundsin a dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$19.5 Million with a security and finance institution in South africa of which i will divulge information to you when I get your full consent and support to go for a change of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds into you a comfortable and condusive account of your choice.This fund emanated   as a result of an over-invoicedcontract which he executed with the Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting thiscontract but I never knew that it was over-invoiced by him.

I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from 1990 to date. If they discover this money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his assets here in South  Africa and this will definetely affect my political career in government.
I want your assistance in opening an account so that this fundcould be wired into your account directly without any hitch.
As soon as the fund gets to your account, you are expected to move it immediately into another personal bank account in your country. I will see to it that the account is not traced from South Africa. As  soon as you have confirmed the fund into your account, I will send my eldest son with my  Attorney to come to your country to discuss on business investments. For your assistance, I am offering you 20% of the principal sum.
However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email. Due to my sensitive position in the South African Government,I would not WANT YOU TO CALL ME ON PHONE or send a FAX to me.
All correspondence must be by email to my private email address, If you  want to speak with my Banker, that is fine and okay by me.You will have to send  down your private telephone /fax number so that I can forward it to him to reach you from time to time this is for security reasons.
Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality if this transaction must succeed.  If you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, please ignore this mail,and pretend you never received this information. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL ME ON THE OFFICE PHONE FOR SECURITY REASONS. Feel free to contact
my son Tony Shabangu on+27-734-469407, he is grown up and can still attend to you in my absence,
Yours faithfully,
MRS SUSAN SHABANGU
(FOR THE FAMILY


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