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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:

Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:30:38 +0000 (UTC)

FROM MRS. SUSAN SHABANGUMinister of Women's AffairsOF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICAGood Day: First, let me start by introducing myself as MRS SUSAN SHABANGU, a mother of threechildren and the Minister of Women's Affairs of the Republic of South Africa since May 25 2014.To date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR JACOB ZUMA. After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact youfor your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US$30.5M (ThirtyMillion, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) You can view my profile at my Website by clicking( and read about me. THE PROPOSAL, after the swearing in ceremony making me the Minister of Women's Affairs,    my husband Mr. Ndebele Shabangu died years ago when he was on an official trip to Trinidadand Tobago in 1996.After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar accountwhich amounted to the sum of US$30.5M. With a security and finance institution in South Africa of which I willdivulge information to you when I get your full consent and support to go for achange of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds into you a comfortableand conducive account of your choice. This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he executed withthe Government of South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting this contract butI never knew that it was over-invoiced by him I am afraid that the government ofSouth Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from 1990 to date IfThey discover this money in his bank account; they will confiscate it and seize hisAssets 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 myBanker or your can provide your personal account or company account so that this fund could be wired into your account directly without any hitch. I am offering you 20% of the principal sum which amounts to US$6,100.000.00(Six million One Hundred Thousand United States DollarsOnly) and 5% will be for any expenses that both of us may Insure in thisTransaction. And another 5% will go for Motherless babes home. However, you have toassure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elopewith my fund. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email at  ( if you want to speak with my Banker that promises toHelp move this fund out of South Africa to your account, that is fine and okay byMe. or any time you want to speak with me then I will give you my private numbersSo that we can talk more about the transfer, please I do not need to remind you ofThe need for absolute Confidentiality of this transaction. My regards to your familyYours faithfully,MRS. SUSAN SHABANGUMinister of Women's AffairsRepublic of South Africa since May 25th 2014.

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