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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 20:06:15 -0600

BARCLAYS BANK PLC. 1 Churchill Place, E14 5HP London, United Kingdom. Attention: Sir/Madam, REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH YOUR OVERDUE PAYMENT. This is the second time and the last time we will be notifying all the people involve about this said fund. After due vetting and evaluation of your contract/ Inheritance file which the Ministry Of Finance Of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Forwarded and contracted with us to see to the immediate release of your overdue payment of ($30,500,000) thirty million five hundred thousand USD, from their Offshore Account with us. We were meant to understand from our findings that you have been going through hard times by paying alot of charges to see to the release of your overdue payment , which has been delayed due to the handwork of some miscreant elements from Nigeria.We advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence from Nigeria.Your representatives in Nigeria will tell you to still go ahead with them. If you do that, it is at your own risk. The only thing required from you is to obtain an Irrevocable Affidavit of Claim from the British Justice Department before transfer approval from United Kingdom government could be granted. We will help you to see that you obtain the Affidavit so that our bank will effect immediate transfer of your fund into your designated bank account. Should you follow up our directives, your fund will reflect in your account within five Bank working days from the day you obtain this Affidavit. Do not go through anybody again but through this Bank if you really want your fund. Finally, you are advised to forward to this bank your receiving Account where you want this fund to be remitted in your favour. Yours In Service,Mr. Thomas BryanHead, Private Banking Section.Barclays Bank Plc. London.
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