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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:32:08 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re Final Reminder From Barclays Group Chairman, Sir, David Walker

                                  Dear  Fund Beneficiary,

This is to tell you unadulterated truth concerning release of the fund allocated to you, I am getting out of confidence with your approach to my effort trying to guide you through only means possible for you to receive your fund lawfully without problems, I decided to prove to you that there are still good people over here  after going through stories of your past experience and due to urgent need to restore public confidence in the  bank but you make me feel, you are not a grateful type by trying to make me feel never would be appreciated after all the efforts, I don’t really understand why? Or do I understand what you really want, weather you want to reject the money or want to abandon the transaction but I know, you really need this money to at least start up a humanitarian work, which is one of my purpose to vow within my power to guide you through only means possible for you to receive this money legitimately with my help without much stress.

I will never participate or support any plan to refer the fund legally approved and documented to be paid to you as abandon assets, (injustice) and would never be of the opinion for you to forfeit a fund legally preserved, successfully cleared from Terrorist and Money laundry with your name, unless you have completely made up your mind to forfeit the fund without regret.

It is part of my aims to win back public trust for the bank and to enhance my profile in the public service, therefore I need your cooperation to achieve the aim and to serve you more better as a responsibility with accountability, therefore, kindly indicate your decision to my understanding to avoid putting efforts that might not be appreciated or wasting precious time without reasonable purpose, this online system is the only means possible for you to receive this money and the only way I will be answerable  for this payment to you. I am still ready to assist you without limit and time is not on our side.

Looking forward in hearing from you,

Desk Of The Chairman, Sir. David Walker
Barclays Group Chairman
1 Churchill Place , London , E14 5HP
Registered No: 1026167, London , UK
Telephone: +44 700 008965
Fax Number: + 44 700 6091329

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