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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: "BARCLAYS BANK PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 11:19:06 +0100

From: Barclay's Bank London
Foreign Head of Operations
Registered Office: Luton Branch,
170 Dunstable Rd, Luton LU1 1EW, United Kingdom.
Tel/fax: +44 7092874705
Department Email:

Attn: Beneficiary

RE: Approval File no.NNPC/FGN/IX99, Ref: FMF/IOK/661/20.

Follow up to our email of last communication, we await your urgent response. The payment advise is to counter any bogus claim and ensure that your payment is intact
and completed without undue inference or interference.

Meanwhile we have urgently managed to transfer TO you some part payment of $10,000.00 USD first installment through MONEY GRAM EXPRESS MONEY TRANSFER below are the MG Reference Number to pickup the payment from any Money Gram Outlets Agent Nearby right now: Below are the first installment payment endorsed to you for easier pickup at any Money Gram Outlet/Agent.
Attention; Please before you can be able to pickup this funds from Money Gram we still need to authorize and approve this payment for you first here in our system (Computer) so that it can be available for you to pickup instantly in less than 10 minutes.

For your kind information,You are advised to get back to the contact person through the email below for more info/direction on how to be receiving your part installment payment CONTINUALLY.

Send Money through Money Gram(MG) Payment Info:

Reference Number: 78461622
Transaction Status: Successful
Transaction Date/Time: 18/05/2020 12:16 pm CDT
From Account: 3354961409 (Current)
Pickup Amount: $10,000.00 USD
MG REFERENCE: 78461622
Sender's Name: Johnny Degbogbahoun
MG Ref#: 78461622
Estimated Destination FCY Amount: US Dollars $10,000.00
Exchange Rate: 1 EUR = 1.09073 USD
Tax Invoice No: 5113-091-150430-125539
GST @1.00000 USD
Transaction Amount: US$10,000.00
Total Amount Payable: US$10,000.00
Purpose Code: Transaction of 1.00000 USD
Test Question: WHAT COLOR
Answer: WHITE

In your reply, send a valid ID for authentication assessment.

Yours faithfully,
Mr David Trent
Director Foreign Operations Payment/Remittance Department
Barclays Bank Plc (Luton Branch London)

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