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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Barclays Bank Plc <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:52:48 +0800 (CST)
Barclays Bank assist prospective clients, individuals, companies,partnership, organizations and multinational corporations in achieving and realizing their business financial requirement. We offer project finance and business loans to companies and individuals worldwide with viable business project/proposal on considerable terms. We welcome your inquiries at any time regarding any of your financial solutions,your colleagues, or clients may seek, as we have many opportunities that can exceed your expectations in all of the areas we represent. All submitted project inquires shall be evaluating and approved by the investing banks within the stipulated time as informed:
 Business Partnering and Joint Venture Offers.
 Unsecured loans, Commercial loans
 Worldwide project financing
 Equity Loan Financing
 Personal Financing
 Issuance and discount of all bank instruments like: BG,SBLC,LC,MTN,POF,PPP
Thus Barclays Bank is presently sourcing for brokers and individuals that will work as their representative and agent in their respective countries.
For Further Inquiries Contact Us.
Mr Chris Lucas
Barclays Bank Plc
1 Churchill Place, London