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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: Mrs Zenani <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 09:25:56 +0200
Subject: Greetings

GOOD DAY, I am aware that this is certainly not a conventional way of
approaching an unknown person for establishment of a project and
investment. But I respectfully insist you read this message carefully
before you either make your decision of proceeding or deleting my message,
as I am optimistic it will be successful for unimaginable financial benefit
for both of us. I am Mrs Zenani Mandela, former ambassador of South Africa
to Argentina in 2012 until 2017 when I was appointed as the South African
high commissioner to Mauritius. The first Daughter of South African icon
and freedom fighter late Winnie Madikizela Mandela , The Wife of The
former President of South Africa from 1994 till 1999 who died on December
5, 2013 after a protracted lung infection contracted during his 27th years
of incarceration in Robin Island prison.

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. My Late Mother Winnie
madikizela Mandela has just died On 2nd April 2018, and she left
behind some funds in a trust fund account Amounting of US$15Million
Dollars. I am a cancer long-suffering, the doctor has advised me that I may
not live for more than three months, and warned me to stop from thinking
over who is going to inherit my money. I want this fund transferred out of
South Africa for investments/ contribute to the less privileged, and
orphanage homes, and some of it be used for charity works. Therefore
indicate your full interest in assurance of trust, so that we can actualize
this great opportunity together and share the benefit together by the help
of God. And in the area you are not interested in this deal please kindly
ignore it immediately. If interested; kindly responses via my email, your
full names, private phone numbers, or call me.

With Regards, in sincerity,

Mrs Zenani Mandela

Phone: No +27 -73-4444-602


4th Street Houghton Estates

Johannesburg South Africa

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