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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: NBAD BANK <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:07:55 +0000
Subject: read

From: Mr.Tamer Al Qadri
MANAGER National Bank of Abu-Dhabi
Hor Al ANZ Branch,Royal House Bldg.,
Hor Al Anz Est
P.O.BOX 4436 Dubai,

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 am Mr.Tamer Al Qadri, the Branch manager, National Bank of Abu-Dhabi,Hor Al ANZ Branch Dubai United Arab Emirates, I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department that worth millions of dollars(unclaimed funds),The sharing shall be 50/50%, If you are interested and can things confidential kindly get back to me for more details.
Thanks God Bless,
Best Regards
Mr.Tamer Al Qadri

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