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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: "Mr. Zaheya E. Attar." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 03:00:13 -0500
Subject: Reply Immediately.

>From Mr.Zaheya E.Attar.
Manager Emirates NBD {national bank of Dubai} Khalediya
Branch.Moon tower,Zayed 1st street, Khalediya.
United Arab Emirate (U.A.E.)

I am pleased to get across to you for a very confidential and profitable business proposal.I got your contact while searching for a reliable person who would assist me to execute this life time business opportunity in my department.I deemed it fit to contact you to seek your assistance in this profitable project which requires trust and confidentiality.

An American/Iraqi Foreign Oil Consultant/Contractor with the Chevron Petroleum Corporation Company,made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve Years,Valued at US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million 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 Chevron Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Richard Burson died with his wife Mrs.Lenor Burson in a plane crash on October 31,1999,(an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board.Find the website before for your perusal.

The most astonishing of my discovery was that,all records bear no next of kin,meaning no member of Late Mr.Richard Burson family knows about the deposit,therefore no member of his family will ever come forward to claim the avoid the bank to transfer the stipulate fund in a dormant as unclaimed funds to the emirates treasury account,the above stated funds must be claimed immediately by somebody who would stand as the Next of Kin of the late Mr. Richard Burson as the beneficiary,because according to the financial laws of United Arab Emirates,at the expiration of eleven years {12},this money will be reverted to the ownership of the Government treasury account if nobody applies to claim the fund.

Furthermore,this revelation is only known to me because I was his personal account officer in our bank before I was transferred to this present office.Hence I seek your collaboration to act as next of kin/beneficiary to late Mr.Richard Burson to claim the funds and move them into useful investments,we shall split the cash between our selves upon the confirmation of the money into your deem fit bank account.I am ready to offer you 40% of the total fund and 60% for me.

Please note that by the virtue of my position in the bank,I have worked out the perfect modality on how to claim the fund and I shall provide the relevant information and documents for the successful claim and transfer of the funds in the account that would be provided by you,I can not stand at 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 involves 100% risk free. Upon the receipt of your acceptance mail,I shall then provide you with more details that will help you understand this transaction.I will like you to provide immediately your private phone number and fax numbers for easy communication.

Awaiting your urgent reply via my confidential email address:

Mr.Zaheya E.Attar
Emirates NBD
National bank of Dubai Khalediya branch.

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