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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: Peter Garry <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 17:25:53 +0000
Subject: RE: PAYMENT OF US$800,000.00

Barclays Bank London
From: The Desk of
Mr. Peter Gary
Managing Director,


I am Mr. Peter Garry Managing Director, Corporate Services Division and Head of Swift Transfer Unit of Barclays Bank London.

Sometime ago, lotto/inheritance fund was brought to our office from National Lotto Group here in England and after some period, the money was taken back to their treasury. But for the period of time this money was us, it generated an interest of US$800,000.00 which we are about to pay you.

For your information and advice, you need to hasten up to pick this Fund because from time to time the National Lotto Group auditors do come to our bank to cross-check our files and our financial update, the earlier you comply with the demands of the release of the fund, the faster the action, because when the auditors arrive and find out that this interest fund is still in our bank they will call back the accrued interest to the lotto treasury account.

What we need from you now is any form of your identification for example;your International passport or your driver license,your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication to you with your mailing address where this Draft will be delivered. As a matter of fact we dont have enough time to waste since we have wasted time in contacting you so try and comply with the entire necessary requirement for the transaction.

Contact Larry Jack

Note I had to send you a mail on this email address whcih is on the play ticket in your payment file as the winner.
Expecting your immediately response.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Peter Garry
Managing Director

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