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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: "Mr.Olive Walter" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:59:05 +0100

Hello Dear,
Greeting to your family


I am happy to inform you that your Inheritance/Lottery fund amount of
(US$2,500,000.00) Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars, has been credited into an international ATM Visa Card, which
you can use to withdraw your funds in any location of ATM Machine
Centre Cash point of your choice in any part of the world with maximum
withdrawer of US$5,000.00 Dollars per a day until the total amount in
the ATM card is fully withdrawn.

I have been waiting for you since to contact me regarding the ATM Card
but I did not hear from you since that time then I went and deposited
the package ATM CARD with Intel Express Courier Company, Johannesburg
South Africa as I travelled out of the country for a short Course and
I will not come back till end of 1st quarter of the year 2019. What
you have to do now is to contact the Intel Express Courier Company as
soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you
because of the expiring date.

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 (US$185.00) only, being the Security
Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.

Again, I would have paid that fee to the Intel Express Courier 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 Intel Express
Courier Company Manager immediately for the delivery of your ATM CARD
package. Contact the courier Company Manager immediately on the below

Contact Person: Mr. Larry Williams
Position: Director Delivery Department
Telephone: +27 71 466 4282
Fax Number: +27 86 601 1421

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:

Contact the Courier Company as soon as you receive this massage to
avoid any further delay and remember you are to pay them their
Security Keeping Fee of (US$185.00) only for their immediate action.
As a matter of facts, make sure as the rightful beneficiary of the ATM
CARD package of (US$2,500,000.00) you must contact them by indicating
the Parcel Code (IEC-ATM/SA21018) so that they can find it and pick up
immediately as they have it in their record.

Yours Sincerely
Mr. Olive Walter
(Acting Manager of First National Bank Limited, South Africa (F.N.B.)

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