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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. Janette Williams" <>
Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:11:16 +0700

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Janette Williams; Due to my tight schedules I could not
contact you earlier before now. I’m happy to inform you about my
success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a
new partner.

Presently I'm in Seoul South Korea for an Investment Projects with my
own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past
efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite
that it failed us somehow and I am sorry for what happened.

I went and deposited the package ATM CARD with Diplomatic Courier
Company, in Johannesburg South Africa as I travelled out of the
country for a short Course and I will not come back till end of third
quarter of the year 2019. What you have to do now is to contact the
Diplomatic Courier Security Company as soon as possible to know when
they will deliver your package (ATM Visa Card) to you.

I told the Courier Company to send you the ATM Visa Card, contain a
total sum of $US2, 100, 000.00 (Two Million One Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars) which was loaded on your ATM visa card as we
discussed for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts
to assist me in this transaction, which was applied in your names and
I appreciated your efforts At that time so much.

For your information, I have paid for the Clearance Certificate Fee
neither of the ATM CARD showing that it is not a drug Money nor to
sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country. The only money you will pay
to the Courier Company to deliver your ATM CARD direct to your postal
Address in your country is ($US250) only being their Security Keeping
Fees of the Courier Company so far.

At this moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects
which my new partner and I are having at hand. Remember I have
forwarded instruction to SKYNET DIPLOMATIC COURIER COMPANY LTD on your
behalf for them to send you your ATM Visa Card to your Country.

Again, Don't be deceive by anybody to pay any other money except
$US250 United States I would have paid that but they said no, because
they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
You have to contact the Express Courier Company manager for the
delivery of your ATM CARD package with this below information

Tel: +27710293234
Fax: +27866642413

Finally make sure that you reconfirm your full name, your Postal
address or your home address and direct telephone number to them again
to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the
tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know
when it will get to your address. Let me repeat again, try to contact
them as soon as you receive this massage to avoid any further delay
and remember you are to pay them their Security keeping fees of $US250
ONLY for their immediate action.

As a matter of facts, make sure as the rightful beneficiary of the ATM
CARD package of $US2,100,000.00 (Two Million One Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars) you must contact them by indicating the Security
Code (2661458) so that they can find it and pick up immediately as
they have it in their record.

Yours sincerely
Mrs. Janette Williams.

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