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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:45:45 +0100 (MET)
Subject: From.Mr.Nasser Obaid.

From.Mr.Nasser Obaid.
Branch Manager,
National Bank Of Dubai,Fujairah Branch
Hamed Bin Abdulla Road, Merashid
United Arab Emirates.


Good day.

Dear Friend, Your first reaction to this mail will be
total rejection, scare and maybe disbelief, owning
largely to the atrocities some people commit these
days on the Internet, but believe me what I'm about to
let you know right now is true and existing issue.
I am Mr. Nasser Obaid,the newly appointed Manager
of National Bank Of Dubai,United Arab Emirates ,
at the CASH-OFFICE Branch,
I wish to know if we can work together. I would like
you to stand as the beneficiary to my deceased client
Capt. Ted Thompson, who made some deposits of USD$12 000,000.00 (
You can visit this web site to confirm my
information's to you at
He died without any registered next of kin and as
such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate.
If you are interested you do let me know so that I
can give you comprehensive details on what we are to
do for the funds to be wired into your account, before
my meeting with you for the disbursement of the fund
in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you, I urgently
hope to get your response as soon as possible as to
enable us expedite action.

Awaiting your urgent
Yours Sincerely.
Mr. Nasser Obaid.

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