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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <mr.petergarry12@hushmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 12:27:54 -0800
Subject: DID YOU AUTHORIZE JANET WRIGHT TO CLAIM YOUR FUND?

BARCLAYS BANK LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.

BARCLAYS BANK LONDON
WIRE/ TRANSFER/ DEPARTMENT@2011

FROM THE DESK OF MR. PETER GARRY
MANAGING DIRECTOR WIRE TRANSFER
DEPARTMENT BARCLAYS BANK LONDON

ATTENTION:,

THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU THAT YOUR OVER DUE INHERITANCE FUNDS HAS BEEN GAZETTED TO BE RELEASED, VIA KEY TELEX TRANSFER (KTT) -DIRECT WIRE TRANSFER TO YOU OR THROUGH ANY OF OUR CORRESPONDENT BANK NOMINATED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN OVER DUE FUND TRANSFER.

MEANWHILE, A WOMAN CAME TO MY OFFICE FEW DAYS AGO WITH A LETTER, CLAIMING TO BE YOUR TRUE REPRESENTATIVE. HERE ARE HER INFORMATION’S FOR YOU TO CONFIRM TO THIS OFFICE IF THIS WOMAN IS TRULY FROM YOU OR NOT SO THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING INTO ANY WRONG ACCOUNTS.

CLAIM’S NAME: TINA RAY BANK NAME: CITI BANK ARIZONA, USA. ACCOUNT NUMBER: 6503809428.ROUTING.314085504. PLEASE, DO RECONFIRM TO THIS OFFICE, AS A MATTER OF URGENCY IF THIS WOMAN IS FROM YOU.

YOU ARE REQUESTED TO FILL AND SEND THIS INFORMATION’S FOR VERIFICATIONS PURPOSES SO THAT YOUR FUND VALID US$8.300.000.00 (EIGHT MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) WILL BE REMITTED INTO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT ANY WHERE. THIS FUND IS AS A RESULT OF INHERITANCE ON YOUR BEHALF. INFORMATION NEEDED FROM YOU FOR VERIFICATION IS AS FOLLOWS:

1. YOUR NAME:.................................................................
2. YOUR FULL ADDRESS:.........................................................
3. YOUR TELEPHONE.............................................................
4. FAX........................................................................
5. AGE........................................................................
6. SEX:.......................................................................
7. YOUR OCCUPATION:...........................................................
8. YOUR BANKING DETAILS.......................................................
9. MARITAL STATUS:............................................................
10.SCANNED COPY OF YOUR ID/DIRVERS LICENSE (ATTACHED).........................

SECONLY;YOU ARE ADVISED TO CHOOSE FROM THIS OPTIONS BELOW YOU PREFER YOUR PAYMENT TO BE REMITTED:
MODE OF PAYMENT:

(1)TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER:...................................
(2)ATM CASH MASTER CARD:........................................
(3)CASH HOME DELIVERY(DILOMATIC COURIER SERVICE):...............

PLEASE DO INDICATE YOUR CHOICE OF PAYMENT FROM THESE OPTIONS SHORT-LISTED ABOVE FOR THE REMITTANCE OF YOUR INHERITANCE FUND WITHIN 72 WORKING BANKING HOURS.

AS SOON AS WE RECEIVE THIS, WE WILL COMMENCE WITH ALL NECESSARY PROCEDURES IN OTHER TO REMIT THIS FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT OR AS YOUR CHOICE SIGNIFIES. THE BARCLAYS BANK LONDON, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE (FMF) EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE SENATE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN OVER DUE INHERITANCE FUND HAVE APPROVED AND ACCREDITED THIS REPUTABLE BANK WITH THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE/FOREIGN OPERATIONS, TO HANDLE AND TRANSFER ALL FOREIGN INHERITANCE FUNDS THIS QUARTER PAYMENT OF THE YEAR 2010.

HOWEVER, WE SHALL PROCEED TO ISSUE ALL PAYMENTS DETAILS TO THE SAID MRS.WHITE, IF WE DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU WITHIN THE NEXT SEVEN WORKING DAYS FROM TODAY. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THE MESSAGE MAY CAUSE YOU, WE WILL BE MOST HAPPIER SERVING YOU THE BETTER HERE IN ONE OF OUR MOST REPUTABLE BANK IN LONDON.

CONGRATULATION!CONGRATULATIONS!!CONGRATULATIONS!!! WE LOOK FORWARD TO READING YOUR SWIFT RESPONSE TO THIS EFFET, THANK YOU ONCE MORE.

MR. PETER GARRY
MANAGING DIRECTOR WIRE TRANSFER
DEPARTMENT BARCLAYS BANK LONDON
TEL:+447 035 988 332

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