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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. G. Machel" <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2022 02:31:45 -0700
Subject: Greetings to you

Good day and how are you?

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 the establishment of a project and investment.

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.

I am Mrs Graca Machel Mandela the wife of south African icon and freedom
fighter late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela The former President of South Africa
>From 1994 till1999 who died on December 5th, 2013 after a protracted lung
infection contacted during his 27th years of incarceration in Robben island
prison. I managed to get your contact details online here in Johannesburg
SouthAfrica 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 ex-wife Winnie Mandela who
died few years ago and her daughter Zindzi who died recently of Covid-19
will deny me of this fund.

Now Winnie and Zenani are no more, I'm very afraid of her other daughter
by name Zenani who is still alive might now will 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 has being on sick

As his instinct preinformed him, his fears is ongoing ,as a Mozambican ,all
the family members have swooped on me Opposing me that I should hand over
the asset to them, and good a thing that when my late husband deposited the
money into the trust fund account on my hand we used my sons name , who is
currently living here in Johannesburg South Africa, for security reason.

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 from. I
have relinquished and waved most of his assets /estate willed to me as we
are married in the 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 is to be kept as such.

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 delete it immediately from your email. If interested , Kindly
provide me with your full names, private phone. *Contact me directly **on
this email:* * <>*

in sincerity,
Mrs Graca Machel
Telephone: +27787829810

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