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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:

Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2021 11:36:34 -0700

Dear reliable Partner,

Beloved, each day that passes by, I am afraid to die, but life gives me no
choice, but to answer the call; my prayer each day is to have a place in
Heaven. I have suffered a lot as a result of this incurable sickness!
With due respect, I must apologize for this unsolicited message, I am aware
that this is certainly not a conventional way of approaching an unknown
person for establishment of project ,But I respectfully insist you read
this message carefully before you either take a decision of proceeding or
deleting my message as I am optimistic it will be successful for
unimaginable financial benefit for both of us and our families.

I am Mrs. Graca Machel Mandela the wife of South African icon and freedom
fighter late Nelson Rotlatla Mandela The former President of the republic
South Africa from 1994 till1999 who died on December 5, 2013 after a
protracted lung infection contacted during his 27th years of incarceration
in robin island prison. Actually, I managed to get your contact details
online here in Johannesburg South Africa in my desperate search for a
trustworthy person to assist me in this confidential business transaction. (

As the Third wife of late Nelson Mandela, he deposited cash in a trust
account on my name here in south Africa, for self keeping, he did this
because he knew that upon his death, his lioness x-wife Winnie Mandela
might use all her structural contacts within the AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
[ANC] to deny me what is due to me as his wife who looked after him all
this period he was on sick bed. As his instinct pre-informed him, his fears
is ongoing right now, and as a Mozambican, all the family members have
swooped on me, Opposing me that I should hand over the asset to them, and
good of a thing that when my late husband deposited the money into the
trust fund account on my hand we used my sons name, Mr. Malengani Machel,
who is currently living here in Johannesburg South Africa, for security
My late husband, Nelson Mandela, deposited US$60.5 MILLIONS (Sixty
Millions, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash in a bank
here in South Africa through diplomatic channel, After his death, I and my
son being in Johannesburg South Africa, decided to transfer this money out
of South Africa for my family use since it is the only confidential thing
we benefited. I have relinquished and waved most of his assets /estate
willed to me as we are married in community of property for the interest of
peace. This is genuine and not of criminal origin. I must then emphasize
that this transaction is highly confidential and it is to be kept as such
Recently,the doctors told me I might not live longer than 3 months after
they diagnosed me of chronic/acute lymphocytic or myeloid[Leukemia]
Leukemia is a blood cancer in both the bone marrow and in blood itself,
leukemia cells crowd out normal blood cells leading to serious bleeding and
infection. I have being undergoing blood transfusion and it has drained My
purse and I belong to the high ,but feed like a leeper,as a result of
sickness.and neglect from the present government in south Africa led by
Cyril Ramaphosa.

I will not blame God for all this misfortune ,but I pray that all my pains
are not witnessed by any you who is sincere and humble.
Therefore indicate your full interest on assurance of trust, as I might not
complete this task to make sure my kids have a better life .so that we can
actualize this great opportunity together and share the benefit together by
the help of God. And in the area whereby you are not interested in this
deal please kindly delete it immediately from your email. If you are
interested, kindly provide me with your full names and direct private phone

Regards in sincerity,
Mrs Graca Machel
4th Street Houghton Estates
Johannesburg South Africa
pls call me Today on +27839733172

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