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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your payment is being processed" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: CLIFF HILL <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:20:40 +0200
Subject: PLEASE CONFIRM
BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.
LONDON SW1Y 4JS,UNITED KINGDOM OFFICE
Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General.
Private Banking Section Ext, 3
Private Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Dr Edward James, Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General,
Head of the Private Banking Section Barclays Bank Plc Hammersmith
branch London, we have set up to fight against scam and Fraudulent
This Group is responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid
contract, inheritance and lotto winning claims by Companies and
individuals and directs the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to
make immediate payment of verified claims to the beneficiaries without
You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long
awaited fund. After a detailed review of your file, the Barclays bank
has mandated that your fund should be release immediately.
The sum of US$7,400,000.00 (Seven Million Four Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) has been approved in your favor via my desk. I
therefore wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and
will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.
As we received a letter from one Mr. Duane Allen Schlater said to be
your next of kin and that the funds should be redirected to the
account given to us with the New York Community Bank of New York USA.
Please confirm to us if we should proceed with the bank details as
your account details of transferring the said fund to you urgently
before it is late and below is the account details of your next of
Name of Bank: New York Community Bank
Beneficiary: Duane Allen Schlater
Account No: 9200985841
Swift code: nycbajj
: Note that the above fund has been cleared from terrorist or fraud
Thanks for Your Cooperation
Dr Edward James
Barclays Bank PLC Private Banking Section