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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: Mon, 5 Jun 2023 12:01:05 -0700

Southgate House, Osborne Estate,
Osborne Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Tel: +234 802 681 2358
Tel: +234 818 110 5473
Ref: Remittance sum of £3,500,000.00 GBP.

Dear Sir/Madam,


We Want to inform you about the process of your outstanding
Contract/Inheritance payment which was suspended by the management of
this Bank by stopping the transfer of your contract/inheritance funds
to your nominated bank account. During the auditing of all financial
records in our Bank (Barclays Bank) it was discovered from the records
of outstanding payment with our Bank that your name is next on the
list of those who will receive their funds. As a result of this
development, verification conducted by the credit department in
conjunction with the Debt Verification Panel on your
contract/inheritance fund, your file has been endorsed for immediate
payment awaiting your confirmations.

We hereby bring to your notice that your contract/inheritance payment
is being processed and the sum of £3,500,000.00 Pound has been
CONVERTED TO UNITED STATES DOLLAR, which is the sum of $4,190,000.00
United States Dollar (Four Million, One Hundred and Ninety thousand
United States Dollar only), Will be released to you as soon as you
re-confirm your information to Barclays Bank Plc.

Kindly re-confirm your information to this bank, and we will proceed
on the releasing of your fund immediately into your bank account.

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Address:
(3) Your Age and Marital Status:
(5) Your Occupation:
(5) Your Telephone Number:
(6) Your Nationality:
(7) Your Bank Details:

As soon as this information is received, your payment will be wired
into your bank account directly from Barclays Bank, and a copy will be
given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Anna Cross,
Group Finance Director,
Barclays Investment Bank.

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