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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: Denis Robert <>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 20:43:04 +0000

Hello Friend,

I am Ms. Susan Shabangu, am the former Minister of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa ( ).

I would like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of $39 Million (Though i must be sure you are capable). I would like you to stand as the beneficiary of the said fund.

However, I will be resigning soon in active politics and I want to establish any type of machinery, tools, devices, agriculture, construction or even real estate under my own registered company. I have the sum to invest. How can I come in contact with you in a partnership/investment transaction?

I want you to assist me in investing the money in your country.

I will also like you to send me the following information below:

(1)Full names:
(2)Private phone number:
(3)Current residential address:
(4)Your Country:
(6)Age and Sex:

Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute Confidentiality if this transaction must succeed. YOU MUST NOT CALL ME! If you do not feel comfortable with this transaction, do not hesitate to discontinue.

I will give you more details as soon as you confirm your willingness to assisting me.

Ms. Susan Shabangu

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