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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:

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 18:29:31 -0700
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Re=3A_TRANSFER_NOTICE_OF_=C2=A37=2C500=2C000=2E00_POUNDS?=

1301 McKinney St # 400, Houston,
TX 77010, United States
Telephone: +1 518-504-0071.
Telephone: +1 917-243-5724.

Attention: Sir/Madam,


I, Mr. Jose Briceno, Managing Director Barclays Investment Bank, want to
inform you that We have a transaction documentation in your name for the
remittance of £7,500,000.00 Pounds (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand
Great Britain Pounds Only) into your bank account. This £7,500,000.00
Pounds was transferred by the Barclays Bank of London Board of Directors to
our Houston Texas branch. According to the good news that your
Email-Address Won the sum of £7,500,000.00 Pound for the last National
Lottery draw there in London United Kingdom.

We hereby bring to your notice that your winning payment is being processed
and the sum of £7,500,000.00 Pound has been CONVERTED TO UNITED STATES
DOLLAR, which is the sum of $10,580,000.00 United States Dollar ( Ten
Million Five Hundred and Eighty Thousand United States Dollar only ) Will
be released to you as soon as you re-confirm your information to Barclays
Investment Bank of Houston Texas.

Kindly re-confirm your information to us so that this bank, and we will
proceed on the releasing of your fund immediately into your bank account.

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Age and Marital Status:
Your Occupation:
Your Telephone Number:
Your Identification Card:
Your Nationality:
Your Bank Name:
Your Account Number
Your Account Holders Name:
Your Routing Number:
Your Swift Code:

As soon as this information is received, your payment will be wired into
your bank account directly from Barclays Investment Bank and a copy will be
given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it.

Best Regards,

Mr. Jose Briceno,
Managing Director,
Barclays Investment Bank.

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