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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: Barclays BK London <barclaysbk001@att.net>
Reply-To: barclays_bk@live.com
Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 10:51:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Please respond







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BARCLAYS BANK PLC.
1 CHURTON STREET
VAUXHALL BRIDGE ROAD
SW1V 2JX
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
www.barclaysbank.co.uk
Tel/Fax: +44-704-570-2294 
 
Attention: Beneficiary,
 
REF: - INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
 
This is an email message from Barclays Bank Plc,London, the correspondent payment Clearing Bank for Federal Government of Nigeria, We received a Payment authorization from the Federal Government of Nigeria with Code No: FGN/CBN/OG4HH-22182/08/NAT/ARC22GB to effect the immediate payment of US$13.500,000.00 to you.
 
The only thing required from you is to obtain a Non-Resident Clearance Form/Receipt from approved licentiate from the state of fund origin so that our bank will effect immediate transfer of your Funds .  We will help you to see that you obtain the form so that our bank will affect immediate transfer of your unclaimed sum ($13,500, 000, 00) into your designated bank account.
 
If you follow up our directives your fund will reflect in your account within five Banking days from the day you obtain this form. We advice that you do not correspond with the wrong people for the transfer of your fund outside this bank as we have been officially contracted to credit your account
Finally you are advice to forward to this bank your Receiving Account where you want this funds to be remitted.
           
Also forward the following information bellow,
 
Your Full Name and Contact Address
Your Tel/Fax
Your Occupation and Age
Please get back to us via a return email for further directives.
Waiting to hear from you.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
James Baker
Head, Private Banking Section.
Barclays Bank Plc.
 
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