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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:

Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:01:12 +0000
Subject: Your Visa ATM Containing USD2,100,000.00

Your Visa ATM Containing USD2,100,000.00

I have been waiting for you to contact me regarding your winning
amount of USD 2,100,000.00 Loaded to your ATM visa Card which we
discussed, we hereby duly interred Switched. Therefore you can make
withdrawal in any location of ATM Machines centre cash point of your
choice in any part of the World and the Maximum you can withdraw per
day is USD2500.00 equivalent to any local currency, but i did not hear
from you since that time. Then I went to deposit your package (ATM
CARD) with EMS SPEED DIPLOMATIC COURIER Company in Johannesburg South
Africa as I travel out of the Country for a short course and will not
be back till the end of 4th quarter of the year 2020

What you have to do now is to contact the Fastway Diplomatic Courier
Security Company as soon as possible to know when they will be
delivering your package to you because of the expiring date For your
information, I have paid for the Clearance Certificate fee neither the
ATM card showing that it is not a Drug Money nor to Sponsor Terrorist
in your city.

The only money you will pay to the Fastway Courier to deliver your
A.T.M Visa Card to your home Address in your City is USD150 only
being their Security Keeping charges of the Courier Company so far.
Again don’t be deceive by anybody to pay any other money except $150
and I would have paid that but they said no , because they don’t know
when you will be getting to them.Please contact them by indicating
your Package Code ( 2261458)

Here is the information to Fastway Courier
Contact Person: James GoodMan
Tel: +27 78 111 9204

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Josephine A Baidoo (Acting Manager First B.a.n.k Johannesburg)

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