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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: "Bright" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 14:02:17 +0100
Subject: Notification for Immediate Transfer of a Part-Payment

Barclays Bank Plc
1 Churchill Place
London, E14 5HP,United Kingdom
Dear Sir/Madam,
Re: Instruction to Credit Your Account with the Sum of $5,500,000.00
We wish to inform you that following the intervention of the World Bank and the United Nations, and after thorough review of your Inheritance/Contract funds transfer release documents, your payment file was forwarded to us for immediate transfer of a part-payment $5,500,000.00 into your designated bank account.
The only thing required from you is to obtain the Non-Residential Clearance Form to enable us credit your account directly by telegraphic transfer or through any of our corresponding banks and send copies of the funds transfer release documents to you and your bankers for confirmation.
Should you follow our directives, your funds will be credited and confirm in your bank account within five (5) bank working days from the day you obtain this Non-Residential Clearance Form.
For further details and assistance on this Remittance Notice, kindly forward your CONTACT ADDRESS, TELEPHONE and FAX NUMBERS.
Yours sincerely,
John Bright
The Director of operations
Tel: +447024055898

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