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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: "Barclays UAE - Dubai - Abu Dhabi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:06:14 -0500

Attention Dear sir/Madam,
Please try to understand that there is rules and regulations for the Bank of China, there is a lots of that we will discuss about this transaction, but until i hear from you before i will start discussing this matter for your understanding. So let me know if you want me to still send you my personal guarantee from my office in Dubai and from the director of the Bank of china which will make this matter to be easier for you to start enjoying your bank account with them. If you want me to email you my personal letter of guarantee and assurance that after you make the payment within 48 hours you will start to enjoy your fund with the same bank because we are here to serve you better and also provide you with so many payment options.
I have attached my working ID card and copy of  my United Arab Emirates ID card  and the Chairman Bank of China Mr. Tian Guoli official working identity card  first,
for recognition incase you don't know me and the director in China that is handling your transaction on your behalf,  we are the officer handling the clearing of your transaction so that you won't fall into wrong hand. And my reason for sending this private information to you first is to let you understand how seriously and legitimate this transaction is and there is no hidden information's just to prove 100% the legitimate of this transaction. I have been honest and faithful to you because i know that this transaction involved huge amount of money  we must keep total confidential and safe with all the back up documents that is the reason why I personally decided to fly to China myself so that I can take care of this matter on your behalf because I don't want anybody to take advantage of you,
So I donít want that to happen so I have to work with Chinese governments before the bank was able to give me full confirmatory appointment and that makes things possible for us, the Central Bank of China have now sign the documents on your behalf and they ordered me to make sure that i sent all the documents including the contract agreements and project completion certificate, so i am waiting to receive payment information of the FSA procurement fees of $850 today to complete the remaining obligations so that you can have full access of getting your fund from the Bank of China correspondent bank in your city we will set up for you and as well making withdrawal with the checkbook and ATM card that will be issued and mailed to you by the bank in your city.
What i am trying to make you understand here is that the Bank account in the Bank of China will help in many ways, because you dont need to bring all the total money into your country because of taxes and all that declarations, the Bank of China will provide you lots of ways in which you will be able to operate your account in China. Once we complete the full documentation obligations, we will then proceed with full clearing of your fund and the Bank of China will then give you full and final access to your fund with them and they will also provide you with their electronics ways of transferring your fund by Online Banking services.
We will also prepare to get you a Chinese resident Visa  and we will come down to complete bank to bank presentation in your country and we will hand you over the cheque book and Gold card and you will use all this to withdraw your fund bit by bit so that there will be no tax involve, you will be transferring the fund
from Bank of China account of yours to your personal bank account in your country without any problem because it is the same account owners.
Please try and understand my points and lets work together to achieve success, I will send you the guarantee letter from both banks if you wish to see them please let me know quickly so that i can ask bank to start sending the assurance letters to you and also read all the requirements as well in the Bank of China website on Internet and you will understand how everything works.
God Bless you
Mr. Akshaya Bhargava
Tel: +8613060986724
Tel: +19147523258

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