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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 khalid Rahman Ali" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 21:24:45 +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. Ateeq
Rahman 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
(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 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 information.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,
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.

Khalid Rahman Ali.

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