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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Adnan Hamoudi. <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 17:35:26 -0800
Subject: money transfer to your account urgent.

From, Mr.Adnan Harmoudi.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Dubai Branch United Arab Emirate (U.A.E.).
Private Email:(

I am Mr. Adnan hamoudi of National Bank of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

I am writing to you for an investment proposal of funds that are pending in my bank.

These funds were deposited since 1999 and after several requests, nobody is coming forward to claim them.

According to the law of this country, the government has a right to take over any deposits that are not claimed after eight years.

I would not want the government to take over this money and I have arranged the necessary documents that can enable you claim this money without any one raising a finger.

I intend to use 40% of this money to create an NGO to help the disadvantaged in your country and mine, and then we will share the rest or invest it in your company.

All the documents concerning this transaction will be provided by me and the bank attorney.

If you are willing, I will send you the claimant's request form to fill and forward it to the attorney who will then introduce your request to the competent authority in the bank.

This email and any attachment are confidential and should be treated as such. This is not a scam. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

I hope I have found the right person in you.

I am waiting for your reply.

Best Regards.

Adnan Hamoudi.

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