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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:

Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2022 13:59:44 -0700
Subject: Attention Beneficiary,

Barclays Bank,London Uk
1 Churchill Place,
London, ENG E14 5HP
Phone: +448713582022

Attention: Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that we received your fund worth the sum 5,300,000.00 (Five Million Three Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) from the Barclays Bank United Kingdom,we apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might put you through,we were having some minor problems with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.

>From the records of outstanding Contract/Inheritance payment due for payment with British Government your name(Email) was discovered as next on the list out of the outstanding, Beneficiaries who have not yet received their payments during the 2 years tenure of the previous administration in office please bear with us for making this initial contact through email.

Meanwhile,My Office desks have just received a sworn affidavit from Mr.Phuong H Nguyen of 13702. Bent Tree Circle. Apt # 101 Centreville Virginia. 20121 to re-route your payment into a new bank account number as stated Bank Name: WELLS FARGO Bank, Address: 14011 Saint Germain Drive Centreville VA 20121, Account number #: 5711425537, Routing #:051400549. Direct Deposit.ABA #: 121000248.Swift/BIC Code #:WFBIUS6S Account Name: Mr.Phuong H Nguyen.

Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this man is from you or not so that the British government will not beheld Barclays Bank for paying into wrong account, if this man is not your representative, you requested to fill and send this information for verification purpose so that your fund valued 5,300,000.00 (Five Million Three Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) will be remitted in to your nominated bank account.

Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following

1 Your Full Name:
2. Your Current Address:
3. Occupation/Position
4. Your telephone/Cell phone numbers
5. Age and Sex
6. Scan a copy of your valid ID card.

As soon as this information is received, your funds will be paid to you through the Bank to Bank wire transfer system. We shall proceed to issue all payment details to the said Mr. Phuong H Nguyen if we do not hear from you within the next Seven working days from today.

In receipt of this confidential Letter, you are required to call or Text this Bank (+448713582022 ) immediately you receive this Confidential Letter.

Area Director, Barclay's Bank
United Kingdom.

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