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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. John Ryan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:40:28 -0300
Subject: Your Swift ATM Credit Card

Address Head Office:
Barclays Bank Plc
54 Lombard Street
Postcode EC3P 3AH (United Kingdom).
Swift ATM Credit Card, 14.600, 000.00 Million Pounds,
You might be very verse with the swift credit card system through the (A.T.M) Automated Teller Machine System that allows beneficiaries direct access to make withdrawal of funds from any International Banks in the world.
The federal government under the ministry of finance with the world bank and IMF (International Monitory Fund) has adopted this administrative measure owing to various complains/petitions received from beneficiaries owning to the delays in receiving their Contract/Inheritance Funds as expected.
Please be informed that this is a real and not a bogus card so be rest assured that the money will be cleared immediately a withdrawal is affected. I have made all the necessary arrangements to have your atm card delivered to you at your nominated home delivery address.
All other documents such as your recommendation letter and certificate from the Economic Finance Unit confirming that these funds are fully free from any liens or encumbrances and are clean, clear and of non-criminal origin shall also be sent to you.
This Atm Card contains maximum of 14.600, 000.00 million pounds and you have a daily withdrawal limit of 5,000 pounds for your information, you are to bear the cost of shipping the ATM CARD to you, the ATM Card will be delivered via a World Diplomatic Delivery Service to ensure that the atm card is delivered to you wherever you are in anywhere in the world,
However before I proceed, I would like you to re-confirm the below details.
1. Legal Full names:
2. Telephone Number/Mobile:
3. Delivery Address:
4. Occupation:
5. Present Country:
6. Nearest Airport:
The officer in charge Mr. Christ Walter will call you up immediately your information is sent in. Also the options together with their associated conditions are presented below, you Are required to pay for the necessary courier charges to enable the delivery of the Atm card to your giving delivery destination.
1. FedEx Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: 72 Hours, Amount 350.00 Pounds
2. UPS Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: Next day, Amount 410.00 Pounds
3. DHL Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: 24 Hours, Amount 580.00 Pounds
4.Through an Online Wire Transfer Service For Transfer, Amount 1220.00 Pounds
Contact administrative department with the contact information below to enable the transfer of your (14.6 million Gbp) In any Choice of your delivery.
Barclays Bank Plc
54 Lombard Street
Postcode EC3P 3AH (United Kingdom)
Hotline +44 7024036959
Treat as urgent
Thanks for your Co-Operation.
Best Regards,
Mr. John Ryan
Remittance Manager
Barclays Bank Plc.
Barclays Bank Plc. registered in England. Barclays Bank Plc is authorized and regulated by the financial services authority (FSA) Registered No 1026167. Barclays Insurance Services company Limited is authorized and regulated by The FSA.
Registered Office For Both: 1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5hp. "The Woolwich" and "Woolwich" Are Trademarks And Trading names Of Barclays Bank Plc. Barclays Business is a trading name of Barclays Bank Plc.
Barclays Bank Plc Subscribes to the lending Code Which Is Monitored and enforced by the lending standards board and is licensed and regulated by the office of fair trading for the provision of credit products to consumers and related services.

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