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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: National Bank of Egypt <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:14:16 -0700
Subject: Treat With Dispatch

National Bank of Egypt ® Your Own Bank
Head of Central Operations /Deputy Chairman
Mr. Mahmoud Montasser Ibrahim El Sayed

Dear Partner,

You are welcome to the foreign remittance /online department of NATIONAL BANK.

NBE is the oldest commercial bank in Egypt. It was established on June 25, 1898 with a capital of £ 1 million. Throughout its long history, NBE's functions and roles have continually developed to square with the different economic and political phases in Egypt. During the 1950s, NBE assumed the central bank's duties. After its nationalization in the 1960s, it acted as a pure commercial bank besides carrying out the functions of the central bank in the areas where the latter had no branches. Moreover, since mid-1960s, NBE has been in charge of issuing and managing saving certificates on behalf of the government.

My name is Mahmoud Montasser Ibrahim El Sayed (Mr.); I work with NATIONAL BANK as the Auditor supervising Frederick M Wong Foundation, On May 19th, 1997, Frederick M Wong announced his plans to give $24million USD (Twenty four Million United States Dollars) to set up the Frederick M Wong Foundation, an educational foundation in the Middle East, one of the largest charitable donations in history. Frederick Wong stated the money is meant to bridge the knowledge gap between the USA and Europe region and the developed world, improving the standard of education and research in the region, developing leadership programs for youth, and stimulating job creation. The announcement was made at the 1997 World Economic Forum in United Kingdom. The foundation funds in four areas: Culture, Entrepreneurship and Employment and Housing and Properties, Knowledge and Education but he passed away and could not accomplish his project. Until this very moment the money has been deposited with my bank National Bank of Egypt and no one has ever come up to claim this fund and you can confirm the genuineness of the deceased death by clinking on the link below

For years it has been watched and no one has come to claim it; I do not know if this transaction suits your personal or business ethics but I do want you to understand that this transaction is free from any irregularities. Why I am doing this I don't want the Egyptian government to take over the fund due to the economic problem going on in Egypt. I will be obtaining all relevant documents from the remittance department and have it changed to your name before presenting you as the next of Kin automatically if you wish to receive this fund. As soon as the fund is transferred to your account, I will put away all documents to cover any trace of the fund. As a banker, I wish to keep you informed you will set up an account in your name with National bank and I will deposited fund into your account to enable you to complete the transfer online to your country; online is the safest way doing business of such value no matter where you are located and have the money deposited into this account after legally becoming next of Kin; I will tell you this is very easy for me to do if I can gain your trust. All I need from this transaction is 5% of the total sum as you can keep 15% to yourself but I would like you to invest 80% into Properties for the charity when the fund eventually gets to you . I know you would be very much interested,
Kindly provide me with the details below;

First Name.............
Middle Name.........
Telephone No........
Fax No. .................
E-mail Address......
Date of Birth (yyyy-mm-dd)
Copy of International Passport or Id

I hope to hear from you soon as you will never regret working with me.

Thank you

Head of Central Operations /Deputy Chairman
Mr. Mahmoud Montasser Ibrahim El Sayed

TEL: +201123272560

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