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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: Jeannette Jones West <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 16:14:34 +0000
Subject: Barclays Bank Plc, London England!!!


Motto: World's Local Bank.

RE: BANK INSTRUCTIONS TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF US$18.7 Million {Eighteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only}.

Barclays Bank UK. wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough review of your Inheritance/Contract funds transfer release documents in conjunction with the World Bank Swiss and the International Remittance Division assessment report, your payment file was forwarded to us for immediate transfer of a part-payment of US$18.7 Million {Eighteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only} to your designated bank account from their offshore account with us.

The Auditor's reports forwarded to this office shows that you may have been going through hard times by paying alot of money to see to the release and transfer of your funds, which has been delayed by some impostors and 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 with the whole funds transfer requirements, and also keep this development strictly confidential for the security of your funds on the ground that you have dispatched your details to the impostors and dubious officials you were formally dealing with. THIS DEVELOPMENT MUST BE STRICTLY KNOWN TO YOU ONLY. KEEP IT AWAY FROM THE DUBIOUS OFFICIALS YOU WERE FORMALLY DEALING WITH FOR THE SECURITY OF YOUR FUNDS.

The only thing required from you is to obtain the Non-Residential Clearance Documents to enable us credit your account directly by TELEGRAPHIC-WIRE transfer or through any of our correspondent 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 nominated bank account within three (3) bank working days from the day you obtain this Non-Residential Clearance Documents.

For further details kindly get back to us through an email response and give me a telephone call with the number provided below;

Faithfully Yours,

Jeannette Jones-West (Mrs.)
Head International Banking Division
Barclays Bank Plc UK

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