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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.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "money laundering" ("anti-terrorist", "anti-money laundering" or "drug-free" certificates are a common way for criminals in fake lottery scams and other Advance Fee scams to get you to send money to them. There are no such certificates in the real banking world. )
- "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. )
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Sam Yal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 03:45:48 +0000
Subject: HELLO,YOUR ATTENTION IS NEEDED.
BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON.
IN CONJUCTION WITH SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK
FUND MONITOTORING /AUTHORISATION OFFICE
INTERNATIONAL BANKING DEPARTMENT.
ADDRESS NO 1 CHURCH PLACE
LONDON E14 5HP, UNITED KINGDOM
REGISTRATION NO: 1026167.
RE: MANDATORY RELEASE ORDER OF YOUR FUND.
Dear Valued 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. By this note, we have decided to
carry on the release of your fund by ourselves because your fund
returned back to us on the February 2nd of 2021 when we confirmed the
rate of delays and questionable activities that has been related by
the previous administrating banks (HSBC Bank Plc London and First
Commercial Bank London) alongside with other banks that collaborated
in delaying peopleâs 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
The World bank President (Mr. Jim Yong Kim) has given us and the
Inland Revenue Services Department of England a serious warning to
make sure that the fund should be released to the beneficiaries. This
Instruction was made after (The HSBC Bank London) was charged of $1.92
Billion to Settle Charges of Money Laundering as published in this
Because of this, we (Barclays Bank Plc London) have chosen (SOUTH
AFRICAN RESERVE BANK) 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. LESETJA KGANYAGO (Governor:
SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK) or email your details to him on
(email@example.com) for reconfirmation of your
details and immediate commencement of the funds transfer to your bank
account. We apologize for all delays of your payout and all the
inconveniences that we might have caused you.
Note: The United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) does not instruct any other Bank or Agent on this
regard except (MR LESETJA KGANYAGO) whom we can only trust on that
regard. We advise you to stop all the communications you are having
with any other agent or bank officials in Europe, Asia, USA and
African regarding your payment and contact MR LESETJA KGANYAGO and
Provide him below requested details.) for immediate releasing of your
fund. FULL NAME:..TEL:.. BANK DETAILS:..ACCOUNT NUMBERâ¦BANK NAME?
ADDRESS...Outstanding Amountâ¦COPY OF YOUR ID...AGEâ¦ANDâ¦OCCUPATION?
Mr. Jess Staley
Group Chief Executive Officer
Barclays Bank Plc London