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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: "ENGR. AHMED WAHEED." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 14:43:05 -0700
Subject: Please Confirm Receipt.

Hello my dear,

Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. I am Director of
Procurement Department at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, here in the United Arab Emirates. I obtained your email while searching
for a reliable person, who could assist me in receiving transfer of a supposed contract awarded funds. This fund came as a result of over
estimated contract awarded sums executed by foreign contractors in the Petroleum Ministry. This fund has been approved for payment to the
contractor by the concerned Ministry. The contracts had been executed and commissioned. What I am about to receive now, is the over estimated funds
which the contractor whom I helped during the process of obtaining the contracts added to his estimation for my own interest. This is a normal
deal that goes in my Ministry by top officials.

On our part, all modalities has been worked out in ensuring a smooth conclusion of the transfer to your account within the next few days. All
I want from you is to receive this funds on my behalf, because as Government Official I cannot collect the funds directly from the contractor,
neither I am allowed by Law to operate/ run foreign bank accounts. If you are trustworthy and can assist me in receiving the fund, do not
hesitate to respond back to me immediately.

Please note that there is no risk involved in receiving the funds in your account for and it will be done through wire transfer. I wish you to
state in percentage what you shall have for the use of your account. As soon as you indicate your interest, further details and the amount
involved shall be given to you once I hear from you. Please, treat with utmost confidentiality.

Looking forward to hearing from you soonest.

Best regards,

Engr. Ahmed Waheed.
Ministry of Petroleum and Ministry Resources.
United Arab Emirates.


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