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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. Jane Roberts" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2019 04:25:57 -0800

*Hello Dear,*

*Greeting to your family*


*I have been waiting for you since to contact me regarding your winning
amount of US$2, 100, 000.00 (Two Million One Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars) loaded on your ATM Visa Card which we discussed. We are duly
interred switched, therefore you can make withdrawal in any location of ATM
Machine Center Cash point of your choice in any part of the world and the
maximum you can withdraw a day is $5,000 US Dollar.*

*I did not hear from you since that time then I went and deposited the
package ATM CARD with Express Courier service Company, Johannesburg South
Africa as I traveled out of the country for a short Course and I will not
come back till end of 3rd quarter of the year 2020. What you have to do now
is to contact the Express Courier service Company as soon as possible to
know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring

*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 directly to your Postal Address in
your country is (**$150**) only being the Security Keeping Fees of the
Courier Company so far.*
* Again, I would have paid that fee to the Express Courier service **Company
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
immediately for the delivery of your ATM CARD package with this information


*Courier Name: Express Diplomatic Courier Company*

*Contact Person: Dr. William Adams Position: Director Delivery Department
Emails: **

*Emails: **

*Tel: +27-83-250-4984*

*Please make sure that you reconfirm the following details below to them:*

*1. Full Name*

*2. Country of Origin*

*3. Receiving Address*

*4. Direct Telephone Number*

*5. Occupation*

*6. Age*

* Again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery just ask them to give you the
tracking numbers 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 Fee of **$150** 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 Code (**2661428**)
so that they can find it and pick up immediately as they have it in their

*Yours Sincerely*
*Mrs. Jane Roberts*
*Acting Manager of First National Bank Limited, South Africa (F.N.B.)*

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