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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 Bank Plc UK" <onlinetransfer@barclay.com>
Reply-To: mrs.alisoncarnwath@mail.mn
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:14:48 +0100
Subject: Immediate Transfer Of US$5,800,000.00




Barclay's Bank PLC, UK
1 Churchill Place
London, E14 5HP, United Kingdom
http://www.barclays.co.uk

Dear Esteemed Customer,

We at this bank wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough
review of your Inheritance/Contract funds transfer release documents in
conjunction with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
assessment report, your payment file was forwarded to us for immediate
transfer of a part-payment of US$5,800,000.00 to your designated bank
account from their offshore account with us

The audit reports given to us, shows that you have been going through hard
times by paying a lot of money to see to the release of your funds, which
has been delayed by some dubious officials.

We therefore advice that you stop further communication with any
correspondence outside this office since you do not have to pay any money
or fee to receive your funds as you have met up with the whole funds
transfer requirements.

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 reflect
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 Notification, kindly
forward your
FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
TELEPHONE and FAX NUMBERS:
Directly to my private ;E-mail:
mrsalisoncarnwath@onlinebarclayuk.tk,mrs.alisoncarnwath@skymail.mn

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Alison Carnwath
Head, International Banking Division.
Barclay's Bank PLC, UK.

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intended for the addresses only. Any dissemination, distribution, copying
or use of this communication without prior permission from the address is
strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this
communication, please delete it permanently without copying, disclosing or
otherwise using its contents, and notify the sender immediately.
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