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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: "Abdul Rahim Mohd.Al Haj" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 15:46:09 +0400
Subject: Please treat as urgent

From The Desk of Abdul Rahim Mohd.Al Haj
Manager National Bank of Dubai.
BurJuman Centre Branch,
Khalid Bin Waleed Street ,
BurJuman Centre, Dubai
United Arab Emirate (U.A.E.).
please reply to : <>
Dear ,
I am Mr.Abdul Rahim Mohd.Al Haj Branch Manger of national
bank Of Dubai. I am writing following an Opportunity
in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of
us. In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of
$5.5 million ($5, 500, 000, 00 United state dollars)
in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers,
Late Grey Lee Jones an American who unfortunately lost
his life in a plane crash including his wife and
only daughter.
Since we got information about his death, we have been
expecting his Next of kin or relatives to come over and claim
his money because we Cannot release it unless somebody applies
for it as next of kin or Relation to the deceased as indicated
in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his
only Daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving
nobody with The knowledge of this fund behind for the claim,
and the banking law and guidelines here united Arab emirate
that such money Remained after five years the money will be
transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed funds,
Note: I want you to stand as the business partner of Late Grey Lee Jones so that my bank can transfer the money to
your account without any problem, so now I will like you
to provide me your full name and address so that , I will prepare the necessary documents and that will
put you in place as the next of kin of late Grey Lee Jones , then I will
facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary next of kin,
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in
the ratio of 60% form and 40% for you, there is no risk at
all as the paperwork for this transaction will be done by
the attorney and my position as branch manager guarantees
the successful execution of this transaction if you are
interested, please reply immediately via the private email
address above,
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details
and relevant documents that will help you understand the
transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and
fax numbers for easy communication. Please observe utmost
confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would
be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your
assistance to invest my share in your country.( <>)
waiting your urgent response.
Best regards,

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