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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. Salim Mohd Ahmed" <salimmohd@myway.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: salimahmed47@excite.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:44:35 +0400
Subject: GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY

From: Mr. Salim Mohd Ahmed
MANAGERNational Bank of Dubai
Umm Al Quwain Branch
Shaikh Faisal Street U.A.E
Email:salimahmed@graffiti.net

Dear Friend,
I am pleased to get across to you for a very urgent and profitable business proposal, I Got your
e-mail address in Internet while browsing after I decided to contact you and ask for your assistance in
this urgent matter, requiring trust and confidentiality,

I am Mr. Salim Mohd Ahmed, the Branch manager, National Bank of Dubai Umm Al Quwain Branch UNITTED
ARAB EMIRATES, married with four children. I am writing this letter to ask for your support and
co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department.
On June 6, 1999, an America Oil consultant/contractor with Petroleum Corporation, Mr. David Ameeraly, made a
numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at US$16,500,000.00(sixteen Million Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars )in my branch upon maturity.I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply.After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr. David Ameeraly, died in the plane
crash On October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board as you can
confirm it yourself via the website below:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/11/01/iran/main49778.shtml

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/11/01/iran/main49778.shtml

On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL and attempts to trace his next
of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. David Ameeraly.
did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents, including his bank deposit
paperwork in my bank. This sum of US$16,500,000.00 and the interest is being rolled over with the principal
sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it According to UNITTED ARAB EMIRATES
LAW, at the expiration of (seven) years; the money will revert to the ownership of the UNITTED ARAB
EMIRATES Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

my proposal is that I will like you to stand as the next of kin to Mr. David Ameeraly, so that the fruit
of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt Government officials. This is simple, I
will like you to provide immediately your full name and address so that I can forward to you the contact
of our bank Attorney for the prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place
as the next of kin. Any bank account in any part of the world, which you
will provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in ratio of 60% for me and 30% for you and 10 %
will be set aside for expenses incured during the business. There is no risk at all;
The paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager
guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply
immediately via the private email address below, upon your responses, I shall provide you with more details
and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable
for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Please upon the receipt of this mail message, send to me the following to enable me start the processing the
transfer,

1.Your Full Name.

2.Your House Address.

3.Your Phone Number and Fax,

Thank You And God Bless You.
Sincerely

From: Mr. Salim Mohd Ahmed,
MANAGERNational Bank of Dubai
Umm Al Quwain Branch
Shaikh Faisal Street U.A.E
Email:salimahmed@graffiti.net





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