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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: "Khalifa Al-Mulla,Branch Manager, NBAD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:25:33 +0200
Subject: Transact Together, CONTACT ME NOW.

Greeting from Dubai UAE.

My name is Khalifa Al-Mullah, Branch Manager, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) married with two children, I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this secret and risk free business opportunity in my branch office department, the deal is that you have to stand as a depositor next of kin to claim this money and leave the rest to me to finish as an insider.

Thomas McCulloch, An American, Foreign Oil Consultant/Contractor with the Chevron Petroleum Corporation Middle East, Asia, has a secret (fixed) deposit bank account in twelve calendar months, which Valued at US$20.3 Million (Twenty million three hundred thousand US dollar) in my branch upon maturity, after 6 years not hearing from him, the bank management decided to send a lot of routine Email, Fax and Mailing notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month's, we still sent an email and post reminder's and finally we discovered from his contract employee Director, who Told the bank management that Thomas McCulloch 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 news website below:

If you're interested in this deal, please I would like you to provide for me with the following requesting details below, to enable me start the change of ownership and transfer process immediately:

Your Direct Mobile Number:
You're Fax Number:
Your Full Name:
Your Full Address and Resident Country:
You're private E-mail:
Your ID cards or Inter passport: (if any)

Then I will send to you more information details on how to continue and finish this deal and process of concluding this transaction without any delay.

Please you can write privately on this Email address:


Khalifa Al-Mullah
Branch Manager
National Bank of Abu Dhabi
46727, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road,
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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