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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 SALEEM MOHD AHMED" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 15:55:55 +0400
Subject: From Mr Saleem Ahmed

ATTN: Sir/Madam,
I want to transfer ($15,300.000.00 USD)Fifteen Million Three
Hundred United States Dollars from a Bank here in THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,to AN overseaS account.First,I must solicit your strictest
confidence in this transaction.This is by virtue of it's nature as
being utterly confidential.I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of this great magnitude.I solicit your assistance to enable us transfer the said amount into youraccount for onward investment.You can either provide us with anexisting account or set up a new Bank account immediately to
receive this funds, even an empty account will accomodate this
funds,as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this
crucial business as I will be trusting in you and believing that you
will never let me down either now or in future.

I am MR.Saleem Mohd Ahmed a personal account officer to an oil consultant/ contractor who has an account in one of the top
banks here in UNITED ArAB EMIRATES.The account was opened in 1998 and hedied in the year 2000 without a written or oral WILL and since then
nobody has operated on this account nor come forward as the
beneficiary.Hence the money is floating and if it is not remitted out
urgently it will be forfeited as No one will ever come forward to
claim it.According to UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LAW,at the expiration of
(seven) years;the money will revert to the ownership of the UNITED ARAB
EMIRATES Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.Currently,the present management of the bank is now ready to conclude all transactionsbefore fully handling over to the new management which is an addedadvantage to perfect this transaction.

The funds will be released to any foreigner with the accurate
information of the account which will be made known to you
immediately you signify your interest to execute this transaction with
me.The owner of this account is a foreigner and no other person
knows about this account or anything concerning it,the account has
no other beneficiary.My investigation through the National
immigration department proved to me as well that he was single as at
the point of his entry into UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.The amount in this account is USD$15.3 Million (Fiteen Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars )only.As a matter of fact, I have decided to transfer this fund abroad for investment.Your assistance as a foreigner is necessary because a local person here can not be presented as
the next of kin to the deceased customer based on the fact that he
was a foreigner and only a foreigner will be welcomed by the
management of the Bank to apply for claims as the beneficiary.

There is no risk in this transaction with my position and my personal
contact with the manager of the bank the money can be transferred
to any account you will provide with assurance that the money will
be intact pending our physical arrival in your Country for division.
Importantly,the transfer of Six Million [$6,000.000] will be initiated,
upon success of the transfer without any disappointment from your
side,we shall then re-apply for the payment of the remaining balance
of $9.3 Million into your enable us forge ahead with this transaction kindly send your preferred account details where you
want the fund to be transferred or you can set up a new account
for the purpose of this transaction,an empty account will also be

At the conclusion of the transfer 20% will be yours for your
honest committment and positive contributions to enhance the
success of this transaction,and the remaining 80% for me which,
I intend to invest in any area you deem profitable.

As soon as I hear from you,and upon your strong assurance that
you will not let me down once the fund goes into your account I
will then start to process the transfer of the fund to your account
without further delay.Please observe utmost confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shallrequire your assistance to invest my share in your country.Please upon the receipt of this mail message,send to me the following below to enable me start the processing of the transfer,.
1Your Full Name
2.Your House Address.
3Your Phone Number and Fax,
Thank You And God Bless You.

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