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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. Matthew John" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:06:04 +0100
Subject: Read Carefully

LESTER, Matthew John
Barclays Bank,

Correspondence address
1 Churchill Place, London, England, E14 5HP.

Dear Friend,

Seeing this email message would be a surprise to you but kindly read
it carefully
and you will understand the reason why I am contacting you for this
purpose. However,
this correspondence is very confidential, and it should be treated as such.
I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all what
you may think of.

I am Mr. LESTER, Matthew John, Director Braclays Bank PLC, 1 Churchill
Place, London,
England, E14 5HP and I am contacting you based on Trust and
confidentiality that will
be attached to this transaction.

The Management and the Legal department of our bank in a recent
meeting recommended
that the account of late Mr. Ron Bramlage, who was one of my branch
depositor, should
be declared Dormant, confiscated and the depositor's fund sent to the
Bank Treasury
according to UK Banking and financial law. Late Ron Bramlage who was
America died on 7th June 2012
in a plane crash with his family of six (6), his wife and four (4)
children, all died
in an ill fated crash on that fateful day. The bank having made
several efforts to
contact any of his relatives to claim this money but without success decided to
confiscate the fund and declare it public fund.

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Late Mr. Ron Bramlage was an account holder in my branch; he owns a
dollar account
with a huge sum of money deposited in a Secret account with my branch. In fact,
since his death, no next of kin of the account holder nor any relative
of him has
shown up for the claim of this fund, this is because he has the
account as a secret
account thus he left all the documents for the deposit with me as his
account officer
and financial advisor.

This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in, I want
you to come in as a
relative of the deceased; do not bother that you are not in any way
related to him because
I am in position to affix your name as the next of kin to the deceased
and no one
will question it since I am the officer in charge of the account. I
will give you the relevant
documents and contacts to file the application and then I will effect
the approvals for
the transfer of the fund to your nominated bank account. I will be the
one to provide the
vital documents for the claims of the money and then advise you
exactly how we should do
to get things done, please include your telephone number when replying
this mail so I
can call to give you more information as soon as you indicate your
willingness to assist
in this transaction. The whole Procedures will last only 9 working
days to get the fund
retrieved successfully without trace even in future. After the
transfer of the money to
your nominated bank account, we shall share the proceeds 50-50.

Kindly respond promptly so that I can advice you on what next to do.
I will be waiting to hear from you.

Yours truly,

LESTER, Matthew John
Barclays Bank,
Correspondence address:
1 Churchill Place, London, England, E14 5HP.

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