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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Ali Rza ." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 12:00:29 -0800
Subject: Ali Raza .

Greetings from Dubai,

This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is
only a
day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. I
Mr. Ali Raza, currently Head of Coporate affairs with a reputable bank
in U. A. E. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I
trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you.

I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On
November 6, 2000, an Iraqi Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the
CHEVRON PETROLEUM CORPORATION, MR. jack farrer powell made a (Fixed
deposit) for 36 calendar months, valued at US$17,500,000.00 (Seventeen
Million Five hundred Thousand Dollars only) in my bank and I happen
to be his account officer before I was moved to my present position
recently. Upon maturity in 2003, as his account officer and as well the
manger, it is my duty to notify him on the maturity date so I sent a
notification to his forwarding address but the letter was returned

After sometime, I tried sending back the letter, but it was again
and finally I discovered from his contract employers, Chevron Petroleum
Corporation that Mr.jack farrer powell died as a result of torture in
hand of Saddam Hussein (former Iraqi President) during one of his trips
his country Iraq, as he was accused of leaking information to the
On further investigation, I discovered that Mr. jack farrer powell
wife and two sons died during the Gulf
War in Iraq and was the reason why he did not declare any next of kin
relation in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit
in my Bank and did not leave any WILL. This sum of US$17,500,000.00
been floating and placed under dormant/unserviceable account by my bank
management since no one have heard from the owner since 2003. I
wish to let you know that all the investigation I have made so far, my
management is not aware of it, I am the only one that have the

With the recent change of government in my country and with their
efforts to
support the United Nations in checkmating terrorism aid in the U. A. E.
end of this year, the government will pass a new financial control law
will give the government authority to interrogate account owners of
$5,000,000.00 to explain the source of the funds, making sure it is not
terrorism support. If I do not move this money out of the country
immediately, by end of the
year the government will definitely confiscate the money, because my
cannot provide the account owner to explain the source of the money.

I cannot directly transfer out this money without the help of a
and that is why I am contacting you for
an assistance. As the Account Officer to late jack farrer powell ,
with my present position and status in the bank as Head of Retail
Groug , I have the power to influence the release of the funds to any
foreigner that comes up as the next of kin to the account, with the
information concerning the account, which I shall give you. All
enable you claim this fund will be carefully worked out and there is
practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law,
U. A. E is porous and anything goes.

If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to
the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied. If
you are
interested, contact me as soon as you receive this message so we can
over the details. Thanking you in advance and may God bless you.
treat with utmost confidentiality. I shall send you copy of the
deposit certificate issued to Al Nasser when the deposit was made for
perusal. I wait your urgent response.

Mr. Ali Raza.

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