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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: "Nigel Higgins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 16:48:34 -0700
Subject: Attention: Confirmed Fund Beneficiary

Attention: Confirmed Fund Beneficiary,

This is to bring your knowledge to the current payment update about your own Inherited payment. My name is Nigel Higgins, I am the current Group Chairman of Barclays Bank Plc. For more information about my humble self, please log into the official site:

I am contacting you based on the information that is available to me about your good self and pending payment of TEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY, ($10,500,000.00) which according to records, has been delayed by bureaucratic bottle neck and currently floating in the bank system in your name.

As part of my commitment, strategy and organized network, designed to deliver services that would satisfy the needs, wants or aspirations of customers. I decided to withdraw and cancelled the entire bureaucratic standard operating procedure that was causing delay, so that releasing of the fund to you successfully without demand for payment after payment could be possible with less inconveniences within a shortest period.

In conclusion, full details will be communicated to you as soon as you acknowledge receiving this letter and reconfirming your personal information, including your address and phone number.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Yours Sincerely,

Nigel Higgins, (Group Chairman),
Barclays Bank Plc,
Registered number: 1026167,
1 Churchill Place, London, ENG E14 5HP,
Direct Telephone: +44 770 000 8965,

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