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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 <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2022 15:36:27 +0100

This is second time we are notifying you about the statue of your
fund right now in my desk. After due vetting and evaluation of your
Inheritance file which The Ministry of Finance of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria Forwarded and contacted us to see to your immediate
payment. We write to inform you that, this office has arrange all
the necessary document for our Telex Department for immediate
programming them into our payment system. But we can transfer the fund
into your account yet until you get the (NON RESIDENTIAL CLEARANCE
CERTIFICATE) submit to this bank for immediately transfer into your
account. We shall update you with next correspondence as soon as we
confirm the documents. Thanks for your co-operation. From our
findings you have been going through hard ways by paying a lot of
charges to see to the release of your fund ($15,000, 000, 00) which
has been delayed. We advice that you stop further communication
with any correspondence from Nigeria. You don't have to pay any
charges to receive your Inheritance fund anymore as you have met up
with the whole requirements, your representatives in Nigeria will
tell you to still go ahead with them but on your own risk. The only
thing required from you is to obtain Non-Resident Clearance
Certificate which we are not asking you to pay the fee to us here in
United Kingdom as the Government of Nigeria have paid us for
handling/processing of your payment with other customers. We will
help you to see hat you obtain the form so that our bank will affect
immediate transfer of your Inheritance sum ($15,000, 000, 00) in to
your designated bank account. If you follow up our directives your
fund will reflect in your account within five working Bank days from
the day you obtain this Non-Resident Clearance Certificate. Do not go
through anybody again but through this Bank if you really want your
fund. You have to contact him directly on this information below.

Name : Lawyer Chiyem Ogor (Esq)
Phone +234-808-2231-821

Head, Private Banking Section. Ed, Foreign Payments Yours sincerely,
Dr John Rob.

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