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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: BARCLAYSBANKPLC LONDON <barclsecretary001@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <barclaysbanklondon0001@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:25:30 +0100
Subject: IMMIDIATE PAYMENT FROM OUR BANK



ATTENTION TO CONTRACTORS /BENEFICIARIESCONTRACT#: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009.

Following the protest of the International Community, The World Bank,IMFand the instruction by Mr. President Commander in Chief of the Armed forces(ALHAJI UMARU MUSA YAR’ADUA) that all outstanding Foreign debtsespecially next of kin payment should be released to theBeneficiarieshence forth with unconditionallyFrom the records of outstandingcontractors due for payment with the Government of Nigeria. I wish to inform youthat your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.Also note that from the record in my file,your outstanding contract payment is (Fifteen Million, United States Dollars).Please re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings:1) Your full name. 2) Phone, Fax and Mobile #. 3) Company namePosition and Address. 4) Profession, agesex and marital status.5) Any kind of identification As soon as this information are received, your payment will be madeto you in a certified bank draft or wired to your bank account directly fromBarclays Bank of London and you contact them with this email address barclaysbanklondon0001@yahoo.com or any of the sisters bank andthe a copy of transfer confirmation information's will be given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it. and you can call us on +447024021799
YOURS SINCERELY,Mrs. ALIYA SANTOS
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