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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.Barbara Morrison" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2021 11:08:05 +0200
Subject: Your ATM Visa Card Worth US$2.5 Million Dollars Is Ready For Delivery

Hello Dear,
Greeting to your family


I am happy to inform you that your long awaited 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 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is fully withdrawn.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

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$185.00) 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 demurrals. 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 information:

Contact Person: Mr. William Jackson
Position: Director Delivery Department
Private Email:
Telephone: +27 71 466 4282
Fax Number: +27 86 601 1421

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. Direct Telephone Number:
5. Occupation:
6. Age:
7. 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. Like I said, you are to pay them their Security Keeping Fee of
$185.00 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/SA25022) on message subject in
your correspondence with the above office so that they can locate
you’re Package easily and commence delivery.

Yours Sincerely
Mrs. Barbara Morrison
(Acting Manager First National Bank of South Africa (FNB)

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