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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: "susan shabangu" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 08:39:42 +0000


I am MRS.SUSAN SHABANGU, a mother of three children and the Deputy Minister
Minerals and Energy since 1st April 1996 to date under the auspices of
The President of South Africa MR THABO MBEKI. You can view my profile
at My Website then clicks on deputy ministers, and then
clicks on My name (shabangu Susan) THE PROPOSAL, after my swearing in
ceremony As the Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy, my husband Mr.
Ndebele Shabangu died while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and
Tobago in 1996. After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in
a Dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a security
And finance institution in South Africa of which I will divulge the
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 your
Account of choice. 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 the contract awarded. If they discover
This money in his bank account, they will confiscate it and seize his
Assets here in South Africa and this will definitely affect my
Political career in government.Mail me back with this email for security
purpose (



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