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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:

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 00:26:34 +0400

MANAGER National Bank of Abu-Dhabi
Dubai Convention Centre Branch

Dear Friend,

This letter must come to you as a surprise, but I believe it is only a day
that people meet and become great friends and business partners. I am
pleased to get across to you for a very urgent and profitable business
proposal; I got your e-mail address through an internet yellow page web
directory and decided to contact you and ask for your assistance in this
urgent matter, requiring trust and confidentiality,I am Mr.Mohamad Al Hadi,
the Branch manager, National Bank of Abu-Dhabi Dubai Convention Centre
Branch U.A.E (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. David Ameeraly, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for
twelve calendar months, Valued at US$16,500,000.00(sixteen 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. David Ameeraly, 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 astonishing of my discovery was that, all records bear no next of kin,
meaning no member of Mr. David Ameeraly 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 sixteen
Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($16,500,000.00) as unclaimed funds
to the emirates treasury account, the above stated funds most be claimed
immediately by somebody standing in as late Mr. David Ameeraly, Next of Kin,
because According to (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LAW), at the expiration 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. .David Ameeraly to claim
the funds and move them into useful investments, we shall split the cash
between our self upon the confirmation of the money into your account, And
as a Brotherhood matter I am ready to share it with you 50%/50%.

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 ,I will like you to
provide me with the following details, bellow to my private email :

1) Your direct mobile/number...............
(2) Your name..........................................
(3) country resident address.................................
(4) Your private E-mail box..............................
(5) Company name and position.............................

Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction
Without any delay.
Send your reply to:Email
Mr.Mohamad Al Hadi

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