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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: "Prof. Hlengiwe" <>
Reply-To: "Prof. Hlengiwe" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:35:42 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Morning

 Good Morning

I hope this mail meets you in good time. however strange or surprise this contact might seem to you as we have not meet personally or had any deal in the past, I got your contact from our foreign information exchange in Pretoria In personal request in search of a reliable and trustworthy foreign individual, though we have not meet before. I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and immense financial benefit for both of our family’s I am a mother of 4 children, married to a hard working man, who is mentally retarded presently, as result of gun shot that affected his brain.

I am Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, by the grace of God I am the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, under the appointment of our president Mr. Jacob Zuma since 26 May 2014 I need your help to cement the future of my children by standing as a beneficiary of $30.5million us dollars left in Security Company. The fund originated as a result of over invoiced contract done by my husband during his sane days, more information will be review to you after securing your consent to invest it in your country and please promise never to betray me.

I am offering you 20% of the total fund once we complete the transaction to your nominated bank account. I will need you to supervise the investment processes. For more about me click on
Please do not call on the office line, because of the sensitivity of this transaction I will like you to send me email and call my private number +27742482440 Email: Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.

So If you are interested off these business contacts me in my private box to avoid delay and I can get back to you immediately. My private email ID

Yours Truly,
Prof. Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize
Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services
of the Republic of South Africa
For more about me click:

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