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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 London" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:47:23 -0000
Subject: Barclays Bank London(CONTRACT #: MAV/FGN/MIN/009)

Barclays Bank London
Barclays Bank PLC is registered in England. Registered No: 1026167. Registered Office: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP. Barclays Bank PLC is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Ref: 9905240
1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.United Kingdom.
Tel :+( 44) 7024022060
Fax+ (44) 7024025152
Registered No: 1026167.

Following the signal we received from our local banks & Affiliated bank in Africa/London Concerning your payment from reserve account they have with us, that your payment will now be effected from our bank (BARCLAYS BANK PLC) London.

During the auditing and verifying of your files it was discovered from the records of outstanding transfer's due for payment. Many officials and some of your agents from the source origin of your fund have delayed your payment for one reason and the other, following the outcome of our board of director's meeting with other commercial banks here in London.

We hereby bring to your notice that your name falls among the top twenty contractor/beneficiary that will be receiving their payment, which has been delayed. I wish to officially notify you that your payment is being processed and the part payment of One million, seven Hundred thousand United States Dollars ($1.7Million USD) will be released to you as soon as you re-confirm your information for us to cross check with the one we have in our records.

Kindly re-confirm your information to us so that this office can proceed immediate for the approval and immediate release of your fund without further delays. Also you are hereby advice to stop further communications with those who claim to have your fund in one bank or the other because those are nothing but imposters. You have to beware of them many of them are scams. So be careful.

1) Your full name.
2) Contact Address
3) Phone, fax and mobile #.
4) Age.
5) Occupation.

In receipt of the above information, your payment will be approved and paid to you by wired transfer to your nominated bank account or paid through ATM CARD. You are advised to get back to me immediately for more clarifications.

Best Regards,
Mr. David Moore.
Remittance Department Barclays Bank
Tel: +(44)7024022060

The information contained in this message is confidential and may be legally privileged. The message is intended solely for the addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, or reproduction is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. The message and contents solely belongs to Barclays Bank London. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by return e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

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