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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: JA <>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 17:26:50 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: Have you Received Your Payment.?

From Barclays Bank Of England,
Head Office Address:
Two Churchill Place,
Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom
Telephone: + 44 770 030 4856

Good Day,

This message is directed to inform you, Have you Received Your Payment.? Your Immediate Confirmation is needed with Your Full Information, If Really You Have Not Received Your Payment. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has directed us to pay you the sum of GBP£500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

As compensation to any company or individual affected with, if you have been involved in any fund related issue under contract, lottery awarded payment or other monetary issues which your payment have not been made to you from 1996 to 2018, urgently furnish us the following: Please contact our Agent in South Africa for your payment:

Contact Person:
Mr. Sakhile Kumalo
Please reply/directly to this agent email: (

Please forward to them the following details below,

1. Your Full Name: ……………....
2. Contact Address:.....................
3. Contact Telephone Number:....
4. Country of Origin: …………......
5. Your Alternative Email:………...

Upon your response, you will be contacted with further details, thank you and have a nice day.

Truly Yours
Barbara J. Desoer,
Telephone: + 44 770 030 4856

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