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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: "Patrick D. Jabulani" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2022 02:44:05 +0200
Subject: Re: RSA Government Contract!..

With all due respect, I am looking to work with you to engage in profit oriented ventures in your country and perhaps with your assistance, we could get a good ROI (Return on Investment). This is a Government project that has already been completed but yet to pay out. We can apply for the release of the Contract Sum with any form of foreign Company. I served as Personal Assistant to former Minister of Energy; Jeff Radebe during his short reign. Also I was in charge of signing the Bank Drafts deposited in the Banks for Contract settlement. It is with a good spirit of heart I open up this great opportunity to you.
I contacted you to stand as the partner/Contractor abroad; who can accommodate 70M USD for Investments. The sums are over invoice derived from a Supply Contract carried out by a foreign company with the South African Department of Energy during the short reign of Minister Jeff Radebe who resigned as South Africa Energy Minister on 10th of June, 2019. I am very sensitive and confident to ask for your partnership in re-profiling this fund.
I will reassign the necessary documents to reflect your name and also ensure payment is done to you by the Department of Energy under the auspices of the South African Government. I guarantee we shall implement this transaction under a legitimate arrangement without breaking the law.
(1) 45% for you as the foreign partner
(2) 45% for me
(3) 10% will be set aside to defray all incidental expenses both locally and internationally by me and you during the course of this transaction.
More details will follow upon your reply.
Patrick D. Jabulani.

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