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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 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.
- +447006091329 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:28:51 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Official Alternative from Barclays Group Chairman
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Dear Valuable Customer,
Following my several email contact to you on my effort to find out the only option possible to get this fund to you without difficulty after careful verifications and consultations and your response for lack of financial ability to come up with the only financial responsibility required to implement the only possible option properly, I decided to propose to you, official means forward to make sure your long delayed payment is still accomplished with my assistance through this discovery, unless you have rejected the fund completely and decided to turn down every attempts to release the money to you, in other words you name should be erased completely from the payment record to avoid unnecessary waste of official time. Â
On this development, you have to write a promissory letter, stating that you pledge to Barclays Bank to pay the required official fee within 4 hours from the time information of the account is release to you,Â activated and functional due to financial crises, then signed the promissory letter and send copy to me via email attachment, including nonrefundable fee of US$500 only for self recognition, with this system I will have evidence on your file to release your online account information to you activated and functional (instant withdrawal) officially, thereafter, you can withdraw money from your account and send for the fee after changing password of the account, checking your account balance and proper study of the operation.
I have to reveal this official alternative to you because of the urgent need to restore public confidence and my aims to win back public trust for the bank and to prove to you that there are still reliable people of integrity here in England, as 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 willfully decided to do so without pressure.
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