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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: "Mr Scott Miller" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:30:36 -0800
Subject: Update; Good Day.

Dear Beneficial,
After a brief meeting held by the board of directors of Barclays bank Plc, and the Audit and Accounts Unit of British Financial Intelligent agency here in London, United Kingdom to see to the release of long term debt owed to many foreigners around the globe who have been denied of their  payments. Our bank (Barclays Bank Plc) has been
authorized to handle the urgent release of all funds owed by any of the financial institution or country that is a member of the United Nations, the release of your funds will be handled by Barclays Bank in conjunction with their preventative of the British Financial Intelligent Audit Department to ensure immediate payment in your favor
and to avoid delay.
I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that due to large fund we are transferring this season yours transfer will be in two installments. Be advised to reconfirm your banking information and return to our office by email
( )  to enable us start the process of releasing your fund, be also advised to send a copy of your identification. As soon as I receive the information mentioned above, your payment will be made to your account.
You are hereby advised to stop any further communication with anyone else or any other financial institution and comply with this to avoid any further delay. Remember that the British Financial Intelligent Agency and Government of the debtor country will not be interested in any complaint of not receiving your funds if you fail to adhere to
this instruction.
Mr Scott Miller
Transfer Depart.
Barclays Bank Plc.
Tel: +44-745-9772257

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