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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: "Hamza Ahmed Al-KHabeir" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <hamzahk@superposta.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:08:20 -0400
Subject: As-salam alaykum / waiting to hear from you

From the Desk of Mr,Hamza Ahmed Al-KHabeir
Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)
Email: Hamza_emirates@mail.com
 
 
I am Mr. Hamza Ahmed Al-KHabeir working with National Bank of Abu Dhabi as the branch manager here in (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), married with 1 daughter I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department, an America Oil consultant/contractor with National Petroleum Construction Company - NPCC (Abu Dhabi) made a numbered time (fixed) deposit Valued at Twelve Million United States Dollars ($12,000,000.00) 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 discovered from his contract employers, the National Petroleum Construction Company - NPCC (Abu Dhabi ) that Mr. Thomas Stone, died 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 for verification (BBC WORLD NEWS:
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm
 
Since we got this information about his death and on further investigation I found out that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Thomas Stone did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank
 
 
 
This sum of US$12,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of United Arab Emirates, at the expiration of 14 (fourteen) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the (U.A.E) Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
 
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin as business partner to Mr. Thomas Stone so that the fruits of this old manís labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin.
 
We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary/next of kin.
 
 
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply
immediately via the private email address above. Hamza_emirates@mail.com
 
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
 
 
Awaiting your urgent reply via my confidential email address: Hamza_emirates@mail.com
 
Regards
Mr, Hamza Ahmed Al-KHabeir
 
 
 

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