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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: "mrs. susan shabangu" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 12:59:02 +0200




ATTN: PRESIDENT/CEO                                  


                                         URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL

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$39 Million (Thirty Nine Million United States Dollars)

First, let me start by introducing myself, I am MRS SUSAN 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 Labor and Development Institute, Member of the African National Congress (ANC) Steering Committee, under the President of South Africa, MR THABO MBEKI. Please 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$39 Million with One of the Security Companies in this country, South Africa.

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 my late husbandís assets here in South Africa and this will definitely 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 David Jr. with my Attorney to come to your country to discuss on business investments.

For your assistance, I am offering you US$9 Million (Nine 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 and that you should keep the confidentiality of this transfer. 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 to my private email or through my son, David; he will be in-charge of this transaction. If you want to speak with my Attorney, that is fine and okay by me as his chambers will be representing my interest with you

I will also like you to give me your contact address, telephone, fax and email to enable my son 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. Thanks for your
anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Susan Shabangu

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