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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.Teresa Mpume" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 14:42:20 +0100
Subject: From Mrs.Teresa Mpume

From Mrs.Teresa Mpume

My Dearest Beloved,

First, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mrs. Teresa Mpume, a
nationality of South Africa, I was working with Build Safe South Africa I
am married to late Mr.Thulani Mpume and we were married for twenty years
with a child. He died after an illness that lasted for four weeks. Please
know this may come to you by surprise, i know that you do not know me, but
i need your assistance hence i am writing to you as my will directed me,
and it is my desire to go into this business / relationship with you.

When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of USD$15 .5M
(Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with Finance/, though
i assisted him in getting this contract for this deposit signed. I am
afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate
contracts awarded from Build Safe South Africa. This money is still with
the bank. Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next
three months due to my cancer problem, though what disturbs me most is my
stroke, Having to know my condition I want to invest this money into any
profitable business of your choice, whatever interest/profit that will
come out from this investment of your choice will be shared by both

I have a child that will inherit this money but my son cannot carry out
this work by himself, my son is just 15 year old now and growing up in
Africa and handling this huge amount of money will certainly be a
disaster for a fifteen year old, He is not mature yet. Hence this the
reason for taking this bold decision in contacting you. I am not afraid
of death as I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. I
would like you to understand that my contact to you is by my own free
will, and as soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of
the Finance/bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will
empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund through my attorney. My
happiness is that I will be living something worthy for my son whom I
will be living behind. Any delay in your reply will give me room in
sourcing for an individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that
you will act accordingly as i stated here and i will like you to contact
me immediately you receive this mail so that i will instruct the
Finance/bank to! Transfer this fund into your account.

My Regards to your Family,
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Teresa Mpume
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