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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "confidentiality of this transaction" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "FROM MRS. SUSAN SHABANGU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "FROM MRS. SUSAN SHABANGU" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:30:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FROM MRS. SUSAN SHABANGU PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP GET BACK TO ME
FROM MRS. SUSAN SHABANGUMinister of Women's AffairsOF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICAGood Day:Â First, let me start by introducing myself as MRS SUSAN SHABANGU, a mother of threechildren and theÂ Minister of Women's AffairsÂ of the Republic of South Africa sinceÂ May 25 2014.To date under the auspices of the President of South Africa MR JACOB ZUMA.Â 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 myÂ Website by clicking(http://www.miningmx.com/pls/cms/mmx_rain.profile_detail?p_nid=200) and read about me.Â THE PROPOSAL, after the swearing in ceremony making me theÂ Minister of Women's Affairs, Â Â Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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 atÂ Â (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.Â My regards to your familyYours faithfully,MRS. SUSAN SHABANGUMinister of Women's AffairsRepublic of South Africa since May 25th 2014.