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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:10:31 +0100
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION UPDATE
Attention: E-Mail User,
My name is Nigel Higgins. I am the Group Chairman of Barclays Bank
Plc, London, England. This is to officially inform you that the United
Nations (UN) and the Global Governing Financial Authorities have just
approved payments of US $ 10.5 million respectively to beneficiaries
indicated to be an inheritance payment and your name / email address
was among that was forwarded to us as one of the legitimate approved
beneficiary of the amount. Please reply for more details if you
receive this notification.
Anticipating your answer,
Nigel Higgins, (Group Chairman),
Barclays Bank Plc,
Registered number: 1026167,
1 Churchill Place, London, ENG E14 5HP,
SWIFT Code: BARCGB21,
Direct Telephone: +44 770 000 8965,