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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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Fraud email example:

From: From Mrs.Teresa Mpume <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 21:18:34 +0000

>From Mrs.Teresa Mpume
Formal worker in South Africa
Gold panning association
Private E-mail Address: (<>)

My Beloved ,

First, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mrs. Teresa Mpume a nationality of South Africa.I was working with BuildSafe South Africa. You can view the profile of BuildSafe South Africa at ( and read about us. I am married to the late Mr. Thulani Mpume; we were married for twenty years with a child. He died after an illness that lasted for four weeks. Please I know this may come to you by surprise, because you did not know me, I needed your assistance. That was why I wrote to you through divine direction, it is my desire to get into a relationship with you.

Before his death we were both born again Christians. When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of USD$15 .5M (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with Finance/bank Presently, Though I assisted him in getting this contract. I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate contracts awarded from BuildSafe 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 known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here. I want a person or church that will use this fund to churches, orphanages, research centers and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained.
PLEASE NOTE (very important to me): This is my new email address, where I want you to reply to me: {<> }.

The Bible made us understand that blessed is the hand that grieves. I took this decision because I have a child that will inherit this money but my son cannot carry out this work only because my late husband and I decided to use some of the money to work for God and live some for our son to have a better life. Our son is just 15 year old now and has grown up in Africa, he has low maturity .Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.

I would like you to understand that my contact to you is a divine direction from God; 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. My happiness is that I live the life of a worthy Christian. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here and Please 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.Kindly copy this new email address carefully as follows: {<> }and reply to me, if you can help me with my wish.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Mrs.Teresa Mpume and Son Brian
God’s grace is sufficient for me
Mrs.Teresa Mpume
Private E-mail Address:(<>)

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