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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.Salwa Al Harmoudi" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 18:35:26 +0200
Subject: Hello

Manager National Bank of Dubai
Rashidiya Branch,Rashidiya Municipal
Market Complex,Near Rashidiya Police
Station United Arab Emirates, U.A.E

Good Day 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. Salwa Al Harmoudi, the Branch manager,
National Bank of Dubai Rashidiya Branch,Rashidiya Municipal Market
Rashidiya Police (UNITED 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. Thomas Stone, made a
numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at
US$9,500,000.00 (Nine 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. Thomas Stone, 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.

Most asttorning of my discovery was that, all records bear no next of kin,
meaning no member of Mr.. Thomas Stone, family knows about the deposit
therefore, no member of his family will ever come forward to claim the money,
In order for the bank not to transfer the said sum of Nine Million, Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars ($9,500,000.00) as unclaimed funds to the emirates
treasury account, the above stated funds most be claimed immediately by
somebody standing in as late Mr.Thomas Stone.

Next of Kin, because According to (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LAW), at the
of (Eleven) years; the money will revert to the ownership of the (UNITED ARAB
EMIRATES) Government if nobody applies to claim the fund,This revelation is
only known to me because I was his personal account officer before I
was posted
to become the branch manager, now I seek your collaboration to act as next of
kin to late Mr.Thomas Stone, to claim the funds and move them into usefu
investments, we shall split the cash between our self upon the confirmation of
the money into your account, I am ready to offer you 25% of the total fund and
70% for me while 5% will be set aside for any expenses might occur during the

Please note that by the virtue of my position in the bank, I have worked out
the perfect modality as well as I shall provide the relevant information's and
documents for the successful claim and transfer of the funds in the account
that will be provided by you, I can not stand in the forefront of this
transaction because I work with the bank ,that is why I have come to you, for
assistance be rest assured that this project involve no risk to you, upon the
receipt of your acceptance mail me, I will like you to provide me with the
following details, to my private email address, (

(1) Your Direct Tel/ Mobile/Fax Number.
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Country Resident Address.
(4) Your Private E-mail Box.
(5) Your Occupation:
(6) Your Age:
(7) Your Nationality:

Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction
without any delay.
My Best Regards.

Mr.Salwa Al Harmoudi
Manager National Bank of Dubai
Rashidiya Branch,Rashidiya Municipal
Market Complex,Near Rashidiya Police
Station United Arab Emirates, U.A.E

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