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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: Ben Klerk <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 04:28:18 -0700
Subject: ATTN: Post-Apartheid Tribunal ..



I am Ben Klerk, Member of the Post-Apartheid Claim Tribunal (PACT).,
(PACT)., South Africa is charged with the responsibility of finding bank
accounts in South Africa belonging to Non-South African indigence, which
have remained dormant since South African apartheid was resolved in 1994.

It may interest you to know that in July of 1997, the South African Reserve
Bank published a list of dormant accounts originally opened by non- South
African citizens.

These accounts had been dormant since the end of apartheid (27 April 1994).
Most belonged to apartheid victims. The continuing efforts of the
Post-Apartheid Claim Tribunal (PACT)., have since resulted in the discovery
of additional dormant accounts - 14,000 in December 1999. The published
lists contain all types of dormant accounts, including interest-bearing
savings accounts, securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, custody
accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction accounts. Numbered accounts
are also included. Interest is paid on accounts that were interest bearing
when established.

Post-Apartheid Claim Tribunal (PACT)., handles processing of all claims on
accounts due to non-South African citizens. I discovered a dormant account
of Mr. Earl W Bennett with a credit balance of US$ 67,000,000 (Sixty-Seven
Million United State dollars) plus accumulated interest. The beneficiary
was murdered during the apartheid era, leaving no WILL and no possible
records for trace of heirs.

The Post-Apartheid Claim Tribunal (PACT)., has been mandated to report all
unclaimed funds for permanent closure of accounts and transfer of existing
credit balance into the treasury of South African government as provided by
the law for management of assets of deceased beneficiaries who died
Intestate (living no wills).

Being a top executive at PACT, I have all secret details and necessary
contacts for claim of the funds without any hitch. The funds will be banked
in a Very Reliable Bank here in South African, safe haven for funds and we
can share the funds and use in investment of our choice. Due to the
sensitive nature of my job, I need a foreigner to HELP claim the funds.

All that is required is for you to provide me with your details for
processing of the necessary legal and administrative claim documents for
transfer of the funds in your name. Kindly provide me with your full name,
address, and telephone number. I will ensure all procedures to see that the
fund is transferred to a secure, numbered account in your name here in
South African, of which you will be capable of accessing the funds and
transferring gradually to your country and other banks of our choice in the
world. My share will be 75% and your share 25% percent of the total amount.

Post-Apartheid Claim Tribunal (PACT)., has put funds in Escrow awaiting
submission of valid claims for necessary disbursement. I find myself
privileged to have this information and this may be a great opportunity for
a lifetime success without risks. Due to security reasons, reply on my
private email:, or contact Tel +27 87 057
4123 or Fax +2786 666 0394.

The reason why I choose South Africa is that they have one of the best
Internet Account Facilities, whereby you can access the account online and
make transfers online to your account in your country.

This transaction is not a Child's Play and should not be treated as such,
if you are capable then reply, if not, kindly delete.

Best Regards,

Ben Klerk

Member (PACT)


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