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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.Graca Machel mandela <>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2024 08:35:13 +0000


Beloved Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition.

You may not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding the $60.5 Million transfer proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the transfer has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort to put our unfinished transaction of funds into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the bank here in South Africa to my new partner's account in China that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $250,000.(Two hundred and Fifty thousand United States dollars). I have left an international bank Cheque for you worth $250,000 .My dear friend, I want you to contact Mr. Simpiwe K. Tshabalala of the Standard bank of South Africa In Johannesburg, South Africa to let you receive your funds.

I have authorized him to release the fund to you as soon as you contact him regarding this issue. At the moment, I am out of South Africa for my medical treatment. I do not know when I will be going back to South Africa because after my medical treatment I will be going to Istanbul, Turkey. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. Also comply with Mr. Simpiwe k. Tshabalala so that he will let you receive your money without any delay, contact him on the below e-mail address and call him also on the telephone number below:

Name: Simpiwe Kenneth Tshabalala


Telephone: +27835932648

Address: Johannesburg Standard bank South Africa.

Do contact him immediately and receive your money urgently.

Thank you for putting in effort to assist me and keeping things very confidential

despite not concluding the transfer with you. God bless you.


Mama Graca Machel Mandela.

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