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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: "Broker" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 03:52:01 -0700
Subject: Dear Valued Customer

>From Ms Lynn Anne
Emirates NBD Commercial Broker
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dear Valued Customer

This is to officially inform you that the two people you sent to the Emirates National Bank of Dubai {NBD} to stand on your behalf in receiving your approved inheritance/contract fund have arrived
successfully but we want to be sure if they were your representatives. As a financial broker to Emirates NBD, I have been mandated to make a contact and inform you on this recent development.

Instruction has been given by the Debt Reconciliation Committee of United Nations that all funds owed to respective beneficiaries have to be paid before the budget office compiles the budget for the year 2017/2018 of the Emirates.

Below here is the account details they (your representatives) submitted to us for the transferring of your total sum of USD$10.5 Million with accrued interest inclusive, also we were informed that this account was given to them by you, so we want you to contact us immediately with the confirmation of this subject matter to enable us commence with your transfer.

Beneficiary Name: Dalian Technology Development Co. Ltd.
Bank Name: OCBC Singapore
Bank Address: 65 Chulia Street, OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513
ACCOUNT NO: # 3292957895
ROUTING NO: # 121042882.

Please confirm to us if the above information is correct/true and was endorsed by you just to enable us commence on the transferring of the said funds. It is imperative to let you know that the approval payment instruction has been given by United Nation after their meeting with NBD Management/Central Bank of UAE, so we need your urgent response as to enable us meet up with the mandate given to us by the United Nation. We also need your full details in order to backup your transfer payment in the following order.

Send the information to:

Jamal Bin Ghalaita
Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Islamic
Emirates NBD (Islamic Bank Department)
Telephone: +971526574638; Fax: +971524883101
Yours Faithfully

Ms Anne Lynn
President, Cedars Commercial Broker LLC
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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