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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: "stella sigcau" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:49:52 +0200

Stella Sigcau Ms,

Dear ,


After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your
assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US30.5M (Thirty
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) First, let me
start by introducing myself as Mrs. Stella Sigcau, a mother of three
children and the Minister of Public Works in South African Government (17
June 1999) to date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR
THABO MBEKI. You can view my profile at my website:

After the swearing in ceremony making me the Minister of Public Works in
South African Government (17 June 1999) , my husband Mr Edelebe Sigcau died
while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago in 2002.After his
death, I discovered a documents proving that he made a deposit in a private
security company in Europe worth of (US30.5M).

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 that it was over-invoiced by him. I
am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate on
contracts awarded from 1998 to date. If they got to know about the undone
contract , they will confiscate his account and seize his assets here in
South Africa and this will definitely affect my political career in

I want your assistance in contacting this security firm in Europe of which
I will furnish you with their contact info immediately you indicate
willingness as my late husband foreign partner who deposited this fund with
them of which I will send you all the relevant documentation’s covering this
consignment as his foreign partner bearing your full particulars which i
will forward toyou later for the ownership changing to enable the security
firm release it as soon as you arrived and present it to them.

So immediately after you travel down for the release of this consignment on
my behalf, then after I will send my eldest son to come to your country to
discuss on business investments.

For your assistance, I am offering you 20% of the principal sum which
amounts to US$6,100.000.00 (Six million One Hundred Thousand 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 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 above mail address of which I will direct my son on how to execute it
with you together with our family lawyer that will meet with you by then.

Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality
if this transaction must succeed. YOU MUST NOT RESPOND TO ME! If you do not
feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to discontinue.for l
wait your readiness response in handling this transaction to enable me send
you details of the deposited documents as the prove once you indicate your
mind of assistance and co-operation.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.
Yours faithfully,
Stella Sigcau ms.

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