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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 Raza Khan" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 05:22:24 +0400

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 am
Mr. Ali Raza Khan, currently Head of Coporate affairs with a reputable bank
here in U. A. E. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I
can 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
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 bank manger, it is my duty to notify him on the
maturity date so I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but the
letter was returned undelivered.

After sometime, I tried sending back the letter, but it was again returned and
finally I discovered from his contract employers, Chevron Petroleum Corporation
that Mr. Khalil Al Nasser died as a result of torture in the hand of Saddam Hussein
(former Iraqi President) during one of his trips to his country Iraq, as he was
accused of leaking information to the Americans. On further investigation, I
discovered that Mr. Al Nasser’s family wife and two sons died during the Gulf War
in Iraq and was the reason why he did not declare any next of kin or relation in
all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank and did
not leave any WILL. This sum of US$17,500,000.00 have 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 bank 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. By end of this year,
the government will pass a new financial control law which will give the government
authority to interrogate account owners of above $5,000,000.00 to explain the source
of the funds,making sure it is not for 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 bank cannot provide the account owner to explain
the source of the money.

I cannot directly transfer out this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why
I am contacting you for an assistance. As the Account Officer to late Al Nasser, coupled
with my present position and status in the bank as Head of Retail Banking 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 correct information concerning the account, which I shall
give you. All documents to 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, beside 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 share 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 go over the details. Thanking you in
advance and may God bless you. Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I shall send
you copy of the

deposit certificate issued to Al Nasser when the deposit was made for your perusal.
I wait your urgent response.


Mr. Ali Raza Khan

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