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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: "Ms. Susan Shabangu" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:53:15 -0000

>From Ms. Susan Shabangu
Minister of Mineral and Resources, South Africa.
Tel: +27 83- 368 3978.

Good day My Friend,

First, let me start by introducing myself as Ms. Susan Shabangu, a mother
of three children and the Minister of Mineral and Resources since 11 May
2009 to date under the auspices of the president of South Africa Mr. Jacob

After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your
assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US$35.5M (Thirty
Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) you can
view my profile at my website click on, contact information,
then click on Ministries, and click on Mineral Resources finally, click on
my name Susan Shabangu and read about me. My husband Mr. Ndelebe 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$35.5 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 conducive
account of your 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 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 definitely affect my political career in government.

I want your assistance in opening an account with bankers through my
banker so that this fund could 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 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, PLEASE DO
me via my e-mail or you can call me on my Son private number +27 83- 368

If you want to speak with my banker, that is fine and okay by me. You will
have to send down you 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 of 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.

Ms. Susan shabangu
Minister of Mineral and Resources
South Africa.

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