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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 Maureen Kamba <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2021 08:44:57 +0200

Hello Dear,

Greeting to your family


I am happy to inform you that your long awaited Inheritance/Compensation
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 Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
cash point worldwide with maximum withdrawal of US$3,000.00 Dollars per a
day until the total amount in the ATM card is fully withdrawn.

I have waited for you to contact me regarding the ATM Card but did not hear
from you so I went and registered the ATM CARD with *Intel Express Courier
Company*, Johannesburg South Africa for onward delivery to you as I
traveled out of the country for a short Course and will only come back to
office by end of year 2022. You are to contact the Intel Express Courier
Company as quickly as possible and confirm when they will be delivering the
package/ATM Card to you because of the expiring date.

Furthermore, I have paid for the Delivery & Insurance Fees of the ATM CARD.
The only fee you will be required to pay to the Courier Company to deliver
the ATM CARD directly to your Postal Address in your country is
*(US$200.00)* only, being their Security Keeping Fee. I would have paid the
Security Keeping Fee to the Intel Express Courier Company but they said NO
because they don't know when you will contact them in case of demurrages.
You have to contact the Intel Express Courier Company immediately for the
delivery of the ATM CARD to you. Contact the courier Company on the below


Contact Person: *Mr. Larry Williams*

Position: Director Delivery Department


Private Email:

Telephone: +27630655149

Fax Number: +27866011421

To ensure accurate delivery, we advised that you re-confirm to them the
following details:

*1. Full Names:*

*2. Country of Origin:*

*3. Receiving Address:*

*4. Tel/Mobile Number:*

*5. Occupation:*

*6. Copy of your International Passport or ID card:*

Contact the Courier Company as soon as you have received this massage to
avoid further delay that could lead to cancellation of the ATM Card
delivery. Like I said, you are to pay them their Security Keeping Fee of
*$200.00* before the ATM Card will be delivered to you, which is mandatory.
As a security measure, please ensure to quote this Identification Security
Code: *(IEC-ATM/SA250021)* on the message subject in your correspondence
with the above office so that they can locate your Package easily and
commence delivery.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs. Maureen Kamba

(Acting Manager First National Bank of South Africa (FNB)

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