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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: "susa 03sh" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Oct 2006 12:50:26 +0000

PHONE;+27 83 =539-7947
FAX, + 27 82=483-1220


After due deliberation with my children and my lawyer, I decided to contact
you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of
US$13Millon ( Thirteen Million United States Dollars ) First, let me start
by introducing myself, I am MRS SUSA SHABANGU, a mother of three children
and the Deputy Minister of Safety and Security of the Republic of South
Africa since 29 April 1996. Vice-Chairperson of the National Labour and
Development Institute.Member of the African National Congress (ANC)
Steering Committee, under the President of South Africa MR THABO MBEKI.

Visit this site for my profile After the swearing in
ceremony making me the Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy, my husband
Mr DAVID CHABANGU died while he was on a trip to Trinidad and Tobago in
2002. After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar
account which mounted to the sum of US$13 Million with SECURITY COMPANY.

This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he
executed with the Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in
getting this contract but I never knew it was over-invoiced by him. I am
afraid that the government of South Africa might start
investigations on contracts awarded from 1998 to date and If they discover
this money with this security company, 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 clearing this money from the security firm .As
soon as the fund is cleared, 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 in 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 3
Million (Three million United States Dollars Only) However, you have to
assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not
elope with the money. 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. If you want to
speak with my Attorney, that is fine and okay by me.His chambers will be
representing my interest with you. All correspondence must be made through
my Attorney .

I will also like you to give me your contact address of telephone, fax and
email to enable my Attorney call or reach you from time to time. 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, do not hesitate to discontinue.I will relate to you my
lawyer's particulars upon receipt of your approval for more information
and fell free to ask questions pleas contact my son Mr Johnson Shabangu sa
our consider relevant. through this number +27 83 539 7947

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.

Yours faithfully,


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