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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: "Ahmed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 05:33:29 -0700

>From The Desk of Ahmed Al Sultan.
Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Branch Ali Ibn Abi Talib St, Near Oud
Al Tawba Roundabout,United Arab Emirates U.A .E

Good day Friend,

I am pleased to get across to you with a very urgent and profitable business
proposal, you might receive this message in your email InBox or Spam email, this message is real and i need your assistance in this urgent matter. I got your e-mail address on the Internet while browsing and after
that, i decided to contact you and ask for your assistance in this urgent matter
that requires trust and confidentiality.

I am Mr Ahmed Al Sultan, Branch manager, National Bank of Abu Dhabi Al Ain
Branch Ali Ibn Abi Talib St, Near Oud Al Tawba Roundabout (UNITED ARAB
EMIRATES), Married with four Kids.

I am writing this proposal to ask for your support and cooperation to carry out
this deal opportunity in my department. On June 6, 1999, an America Oil
consultant/contractor with Petroleum Coorporation, Mr Thomas Stone, made a
numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, Valued at
US$12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million United State 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 astorning 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 Twelve Million United State
Dollars ($12,000,000.00) 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, According to (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LAW), at the expiration of 12
(Twelve) years, the money will be 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 cooperation to act as next of kin
to late Mr Thomas Stone, 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 Bank account.

I am ready to offer you 35% of the total fund and 60% for me while 5% will be
set aside for any expenses that might be incurred during the transaction.

Please note that by virtue of my position in the bank, i have worked out
perfect modality as well as i shall provide the relevant information's and
documents for the successful claiming and transfer of the funds into the account
that will be provided by you. I cannot 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 deal involves no risk , upon the receiving
of your acceptance mail . I will like you to provide me with the following
details, to my private email address:
( )
UEA BRANCH...Al Ain Branch
Ali Ibn Abi Talib St, Near Oud
Al Tawba Roundabout

(1) Your Valid Direct Tel/ Mobile/Fax Number.
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Current Resident Address.
(4) Your Private E-mail Address.
(5) Your Occupation:
(6) Your Age and Sex:
(7) Your Nationality:
(8) Driving licence or your passport copy or your working id card:

Then i shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction without
any delay. please discard this message if you are not interested. One Passionate
appeal, i will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, if you
have any reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as
any Leakage of this information will be too bad for me at my work place as the
Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi, here in U.A.E.

Thanks for your kind understanding.

Mr Ahmed Al Sultan
Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Al Ain Branch Ali Ibn Abi Talib St, Near Oud
Al Tawba Roundabout, United Arab Emirates U.A .E

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