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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. Keleb Benjamin" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 03:49:49 -0700
Subject: FROM: (Barclays Bank PLC).


This is a very private and confidential project Proposal, as regards the transfer of £3.6million Which was left behind by a client of my bank (Barclays Bank PLC) which was kept in the security company (Dunbar Security Company, UK), who died alongside his wife, in a tragic terrorist attack that wreck the World Trade Centre on 09/11/2001 in New York, United States of America.

On August 20th 2000, a British Journalist Who works with the Financial Journal, MR. DINAH WEBSTER, deposited in a FIXED deposit, the sum of £3.6 Million. After the expiration of his Fixed deposit, and payment due,i discovered that he and his wife was among the dead victims in a tragic bomb blast that wreck the World Trade Centre on 09/11/2001 in New York. Find out more on the below webpage;,,553732,00.html#article_continue

On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless since he died with his wife MISS. NEIL CUDMORE, and they have no children. Upon my further investigation, I discovered that Mr. Dinah Webster did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork. This sum of £3.6 Million is still in the security company of our Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to the banking Law has contained in the memorandum of association with my bank, as at the time he deposited the money, at the expiration of (18) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the board of directors of the bank if he did not apply for the claim of the funds.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Dinah Webster, so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt wicked and greedy officials. This is simple; we will carry out this according to the law, by hiring an attorney. (Lawyer) In order to prevent trouble and to follow the law.

We shall employ the service of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world, which you provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. There is no risk involved in this at all. Hence, it is 100% risk free.

All the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us, and the needy that will benefit from it, because of my position and authority in the bank. Please be informed that 20% of these funds would go out to charity, such as the victims of the Asian Tsunami Disaster, Aids researches 40% for you, and the remaining 40% for me too. etc.

Upon your response, kindly include your Direct Mobile telephone(s) so that we can both talk or reply me to my private e-mail address below;

Mr. Keleb Benjamin.

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