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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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From: "From Mr.Abdul Halim Hamza" <>
Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:58:26 +0000
Subject: Business Proposal

From:Mr.Abdul Halim Hamza
MANAGER National Bank of Abu-Dhabi,
Al Salam Branch Opposite ADNOC-FOD.,
bldg,.Salam St.Abu-Dhabi,

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.Abdul Halim Hamza, the Branch manager,
National Bank
of Abu Dhabi,Al Salam Branch Opposite ADNOC-FOD.,bldg,.Salam St. Abu
Dhabi,(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
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
,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
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
LAW), at the expiration of (Fifteen) 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
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, I am ready to offer you
35% of the
total fund and 60% for me while 5% will be set aside for any expenses might
occur during the transaction,

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 Valid Direct Tel/ Mobile/Fax Number.
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Current Resident Address.
(4) Your Private E-mail Address.
(5) Your Occupation/Position
(6) Your Age and Sex:
(7) Your Nationality:

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

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Mr.Abdul Halim Hamza,

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