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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: "Dr.Arlester Smith" <arlestersmith@barclay.home>
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:37:36 +0100
Subject: Hello Friend

From the Management of:
Barclays Bank,
London UK


This is to notify you about this said fund.

This bank has an instruction to see to the immediate release of the sum of
US$17,000,000.00(Seventeen Million United States Dollars Only). of your
Inheritance fund claim that has been holding since is transferred into
your bank Account from their Domiciliary Account with this Bank.

We were meant to understand from our findings that you have been going
through hard ways by passing through difficulties to see to the release of
your Seventeen Million United States Dollars Only($17,000,000.00), which
has been the handwork of some miscreant elements from that Country.

We advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence from
anywhere concerning your funds, because you don't have to pass through any
difficult to receive your fund, as you have meet up with the whole

We know that your representatives anywhere will advice you
to still go ahead with them, which will be at your own risk.

Your Seventeen Million United States Dollars Only($17,000,000.00) will
reflect into your designated Bank Account within three (3) Bank working
days from the day you start the process of obtaining your funds.

We also advice you not to go through anybody again but only through this
Bank if you really want your fund.

Your Full Name:...........
Private Telephone:..............

Your immediate response is highly needed to enable us commence for the

Sorry if you receive this letter in your spam,Due to recent connection
error here in England

Thanks and God bless you.
Yours sincerely,

Dr.Arlester Smith.
Head Private Banking Section

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