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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:
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:19:45 +0200
Subject: FROM MRS. SHABANGU
FROM MRS. SUSAN SHABANGU
Minister of Women in the Presidency,
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
First, let me start by introducing myself My name is Mrs. Susan Shabangu, I
am visually impaired Widow,a mother of three children and former Deputy
Minister for Safety and Security of the Republic of South Africa under the
auspices of the former President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, and was
formerly elected as a Minister of Mining, since 11th May 2009 under the
auspices of the new President of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma and now
presently the Minister of Women in the Presidency from May 2014.
After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your
ass istance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US$30.5M (Thirty
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only). You can view my
profile at my (website by clicking (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/user/2169 )
and read about me.THE PROPOSAL, After my swearing in ceremony making me the
former Minister of Safety and Security, my husband Mr. Ndebele Shabangu died
while he was on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago.
After his death, I discovered that he had some funds in a dollar account
which amounted to the sum of US$30.5Million 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 your 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 security company
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 either by coming down to South Africa in person or provide
your complete bank details information, so that these funds could be wired
directly into your overseas account 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 Dollars Only) and 5% will be for any expenses
that both of us may Insure in this transaction. And another 5% will go for
Motherless babes home.
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.
Also, I can give you my banker phone number so that you can contact him and
discuss with him directly as he already promised to use his position to move
this fund out of South Africa, itâs okay and fine by me. Please I do not
need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality of this
My regards to your family
MRS. SUSAN SHABANGU
Minister of Women in the Presidency,