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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:

Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 21:39:41 +0200


Dearest Friend,
My name is Emmanuel Briggs, I am a staff of BARCLAYS BANK in LONDON-UNITED KINGDOM. I work in the operations dept where I serve as account officer to numerous customers.I am contacting you of a business transfer,of a huge sum of money from a deceased account the amount of GBP4.3Million(Four Million Three Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling).Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that every documents / legal paper work that will state you the original next of kin and bring about the success of this transaction would be provided, and all will be well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.The deceased person who died Mr Abdou Elzanaty died in a plane crash along with his wife and two children in an Egyptian airline with other passengers on board was an American Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation. You can confirm his death from the BBC WORLD NEWS published Website below.

The board of directors of BARCLAYS BANK,mandated me as the account officer to the decease to look for any known relation of Mr. Abdou Elzanaty,since after his death.However all my efforts traces was abortive.The circumstances surrounding the death of the depositor with no known nominated successor has made it difficult to locate anyone who is directly related to the deceased.The strategy is to use my position as his account officer to present you as a next of Kin and beneficiary of the time deposit for capitalization to your account and share this money between ourselves and also donate 10% to HAITI,Charity and the tsunami victims If this proposal is acceptable by you, please endeavor to contact me immediately via this my most confidential email( all,please handle this deal with maturity and absolute confidentiality if you found it worthy to be benefited reply me but if not, notify me on time and better still keep it top secret due to the nature.PLEASE REPLY WITH YOUR FULL NAMES,ADDRESS,DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER AND SCAN COPY OF YOUR RECENT PICTURE.

Thanks and God bless you for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours truly,
Emmanuel Briggs


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