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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 Ahmed Al Salhi <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 05:49:03 -0600
Subject: Hello

From the office of Mr Ahmed Al Salhi,
Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi,
Mina Branch Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates.
Showroom No 1 Ground Floor,Al Aryam Tower,
Al Mina Road,Abu Dhabi U.A.E.

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to get across to you with a very urgent and profitable
business proposal,this message is real and must be kept confidential
because you might find this email in your Inbox,Junk or Spam folder.I
need your assistance in this urgent matter.I got your e-mail address
on the internet while browsing and after that,i decided to contact you
and ask for your assistance in this urgent matter that requires trust
and confidentiality.

I am Mr. Ahmed Al Salhi,the Branch Manager National Bank of Abu
Dhabi,Mina Branch Abu Dhabi. Showroom No 1 Ground Floor,Al Aryam
Tower,Al Mina Road,Abu Dhabi (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES). I am 55 years old
Married with four children.

I am writing this proposal to ask for your support and cooperation to
carry out this great deal opportunity in my Bank.On 6th of June
1999,an America Oil consultant/contractor with Petroleum
Corporation,Mr. Richard Burson made a numbered time (fixed) deposit
for twelve calendar months Valued at US$12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million
United State 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. Richard Burson, 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. Richard Burson's 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
Twelve Million United State Dollars($12,000,000.00)as unclaimed funds
to the Emirates treasury account,the above stated funds most be
claimed immediately by somebody standing in as late Mr. Richard
Burson's Next of Kin.

According to UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LAW at the expiration of 15
(Fifteen) years,the money will be reverted by the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Government and be used for improving the living conditions of the
residents of U.A.E i.e Building of Malls, Hotels and some other
Tourism centers if nobody applies to claim the fund because this is
where UNITED ARAB EMIRATES governments raise money to build such
luxury buildings,Hotels and Malls. This revelation only known to only
me because i was Mr. Richard Burson's personal account officer before
i was posted to be the Bank Branch Manager.

I am now seeking your cooperation to act as NEXT OF KIN to late Mr.
Richard Burson to claim the funds and move them into useful
investments,we shall split the money between ourselves upon the
confirmation of the money into your dominated Bank Account in your
country. I am ready to offer you 35% of the total funds and 60% for me
while 5% will be set aside for any expenses that might be incurred
during or after the transaction.

Please note that by virtue of my position in the bank,i have worked
out perfect modality as well and i shall provide the relevant
information and documents for the successful claiming and transfer of
the funds into the account that will be provided by you. I don't want
this funds to be in any part of any Gulf country for a security
purpose during and after the transaction and i cannot stand in the
forefront of this transaction because i work with the bank that is why
i am contacting you for an assistance and be rest assured that this
deal involves no risk upon the receiving of your acceptance mail. I
will like you to provide me with the following details below:

(1) Your contact phone Number:
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Current Resident Address:
(4) Your Private E-mail Address:
(5) Your Occupation:
(6) Your Age and Sex:
(7) Your Nationality:

Then i shall furnish you with due process of concluding this
transaction without any delay.Please discard this message if you are
not interested,if you have any reasons to reject this offer because
any Leakage of this information will be too bad for me at my office as
the Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi here in United Arab

Thanks for your kind understanding.

Mr. Ahmed Al Salhi.
Branch Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Mina Branch Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates.

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