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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: GM <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 08:32:04 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Ref..Proposal.

Dear Sir/Madam.

My name is Mr. George Mudumela; a senior government official in Department of Public Works & Housing for the Republic of South Africa and the Chief of Staff in charge for contracts awards execution and supervision of all contracts in the Ministry of works & Housing. In 2015, I personally monitored and supervised the awarded contracts for supplies of building materials and constructions of ultra modern shopping malls, low cost housing units, airports maintenance and Stadiums to Improve the standard of leaving in this country, In the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Natal and Gauteng provinces here in South

My colleague and I serving in the board deliberately inflated and over invoiced the contract sum, leaving an excess of US$30, 000,000.00 (Thirty Million United States Dollars Only). At the completion of the contract, the real contract sum was paid to the original contractors,
leaving the excess, which we reported to the Government that it belonged to the sub-contractor that handled part of the original contract. But the company we submitted as the beneficiary was non- existing foreign company, which was a purported attempt by us to divert the money for our private use. I do not intend to mince words with you, I have to tell you the truth; this is a deal but completely risk-free and genuine because the contract has been perfectly and genuinely
executed and completed. It depends on whether you are interested or not.

Right now this amount is due for payment and is floating in the treasury not attached to anyone/company. We are only two people who know the origin of this fund. But we cannot claim it by ourselves because we are civil servants therefore we are looking for a trustworthy foreign company / individual whose name can be used to claim this money for our mutual benefit.

This is strictly a business deal, but it’s completely risk-free and secure because we will use our official positions to source all the necessary approvals, official documents and certificates that will back up the fund to reflect that you/your company genuinely executed and completed the contract. All necessary arrangements have been put in place in all the relevant departments for immediate approval of this payment.

For your co-operation, we have agreed to offer you 2.5% of the entire amount on conclusion of the transaction while 75% will be for us. Please if you are interested in this proposal, I want you to respond immediately through my personal email & telephone number stated below
for further information and directives.

This transaction is expected to be completed within 10 or 14 work days and is highly confidential and discreet. Thank you for your co- operation. Your urgent reply is awaited.
Best Regards,

Mr. George Mudumela.
Private Mobile: +27 604 452 502
Private Email:
(Department Of Public Works (S.A)

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