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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "inland revenue" (Tax offices mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. Even after you pay their fake tax demands you will still not receive the non-existent funds you have been promised. )
- "loan amount" (Beware of fake loan offers. Real lenders would not normally use free webmail addresses such as Yahoo, nor would they lend to individuals or small businesses in a different country from where they are based. Beware of mobile phones or redirector numbers!)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MS.LAURNEA WIMBA <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:31:24 +0000
Subject: Goo day Dear Beneficiary.
Goo day Dear Beneficiary.
We are pleased to notify you that after series of meeting our board of directors held with the United Kingdom Inland Revenue Services regarding the complains that we
received from the general public concerning their fund that was unclaimed due to their communication with wrong people that claimed to be bank officials and agents in
Africa, Asia and United Kingdom. Note while this process was going on, we discovered that you among those who have not yet received they fund, as your email was selected by our computer ballot system as one of the beneficiaries of this fund, and we have decided to carry on the release of your fund by ourselves because your fund returned back to us on the 2nd of January 2022 when we confirmed the rate of delays and questionable activities that related to the previous administrative banks (HSBC Bank Plc London and First Commercial Bank London) alongside with the other banks that collaborated in delaying peoples fund after all charges and payments demanded from such individuals. They have been mandated from today to stop all their communication with the general public regarding the release of their compensation fund.(http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/hsbc-said-to-near-1-9-billion-settlement-over-money-laundering/)
Because of this, that we decided to contact you this earlier. also Note that we the(Barclays Bank Pl c London) have also chosen (SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK)as the bank
our choice to help us handle the release of this Compensation Payment Fund over there for easy and trusty correspondent as agreed with our Board of Management here in
London. Therefore, you are advised to contact MR KUBEN NAIDOO (Deputy Governor: SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK)by email your details to him for the reconfirmation of your
details. and immediate commencement of the funds transfer to your bank account. We also apologize for all the delays of this payout. and all the inconveniences that
we might have caused you during the crises. Note: The United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) does not instruct any other Bank
in any way or any Agent on this regard except (MR KUBEN NAIDOO) whom we only trust and give permission to concerning this
as The Bank of England Governor (Mr. Andrew Bailey) has given serious warning and Instructions and have ordered the Inland Revenue Services Department of England to
quickly release all on hold funds which are in their escrow account to the sole beneficiaries which you are among those who to receive their Inheritance funds. as
stated early that your email address was selected by our computer ballot system. and you have been advise to contact the Executive member of the Monetary Policy
Committee of South African Reserve Bank (MR KUBEN NAIDOO) on his email:( firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com) to instruct you on how to procure your certificate of claim as they bank law in South Africa demands that without it there will not be any payment whether pending loan
amount, lottery fund, inheritance funds or whatsoever fund locally or internationally that we received this fund without they procedure. It is necessary that you
follow all they instruction to enable you have the accurate certificate of your claim to avoid a delay payment of your fund. hence you have not yet received its please
do Provide your details below to MR KUBEN NAIDOO for your claim
Amount..............City............ Country.............Copies of
documents pertaining to the fund.
Mr. C.S Venkatakrishnan
Group Chief Executive Officer
Barclays Bank Plc London.