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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: Abdulla Jasim <>
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:33:11 +0200

From: Mr. Abdulla Jasim
MANAGER National Bank of Abu-Dhabi
Masdar City Institute BRANCH Masdar City Institute
P.O.BOX 93003 Abu-Dhabi, U.A.E

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. Abdulla Jasim, the Branch manager, National Bank of Abu-
Masdar City Institute BRANCH Masdar City Institute. Abu-Dhabi (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.
Neal Walker, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar
months, Valued at Fifty Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars
($52,500,000.00) 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. Neal Walker 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. Neal Walker 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 Fifty Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($52,500,000.00)
as unclaimed funds to the emirates treasury account, the above stated
funds must be claimed immediately by somebody standing in as late Mr.
Neal Walker, Next of Kin, because According to (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
LAW), at the expiration of (Twelve) 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. Neal Walker 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 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 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

(1)Your direct mobile/number
(2) Your Full names
(3) Country resident address
(4) Your private E-mail box
(5) Company name
(6) Position in the company
(7) Age
(8) Marital Status
(9) Gender

Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this
transaction without any delay.

Mr. Abdulla Jasim

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