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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: Elizabeth Peters <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2023 10:39:01 +0200
Subject: From Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters

From Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters
Former Minister of Transport
South Africa.

Good Day,

Firstly, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters,
a mother of two children and the former Minister of transport in South
Africa. I was also the Premier of the Northern Cape Province from (22 April
2004 - 10 May 2009)

I got your contact details courtesy of our foreign information exchange in
South Africa on a personal request in search of a reliable and trustworthy
foreign individual. Though we have not met before, After due deliberation
with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing
as a beneficiary to the sum of US$30.5M ( Thirty Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) You can view my profile on Google Elizabeth
Dipuo Peters. My late husband Mr. John N. Peters died during Apartheid
Crises in South Africa in 1986,After his death I discovered that he had
some funds in a dollar account which amounted to the sum of US$30.5M with a
security and finance institution here in South Africa of which I will
divulge the information to you when I get your full consent and support to
go ahead for a change of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds
into your comfortable and conducive account of your choice for investment.
My late husband kept this fund for a purpose of foreign investment for my

This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he
executed with the Government of South Africa.

I am offering you 20% of the principal sum which amounts to US$6,100.000.00
(Six Million One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) and 5% will
be for any expenses that both of us may Incur during this transaction. And
another 5%will go to Motherless babies’ homes and the rest will go to me
and my family. However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into
agreement with me that you will not elope with my money when it gets to
your account. If you agree to my terms, kindly as a matter of urgency send
me an email on:

You can contact me on my direct line+27-73-877-0517, so that we can talk
more about the transfer, Please I do not need to remind you of the need for
absolute Confidentiality of this transaction.

My regards to your family

Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters

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