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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: "Mr. Ali Humaid" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:56:26 +0100

Director Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB),Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirate (U.A.E.)
I am delighted to get across to you for a very private business proposal. I deemed it fit to contact you to seek your assistance in this lucrative project which requires trust and confidentiality.
An American who worked in Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), made a fixed deposit of Ten Million United States Dollars for Twenty one Years, 21 yrs. in my branch, upon maturity our department 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 (EGPC) that Mr Arthur Peever died with his wife Mrs.Barbara Peever in a plane crash on October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other passengers on board as you can confirm it yourself via a site I will provide to you in my next message upon your reply.
I discovered that all records has no next of kin,So the funds must be claimed immediately by somebody who would stand as the Next of Kin of the late Mr.Authur Peever as the beneficiary, because according to the financial laws of United Arab Emirates, at the expiration of twenty one Years 21, this money will be reverted to the ownership of the Government treasury account if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Please note that by the virtue of my position in the bank, I have worked out the perfect modality on how to claim the fund and I shall provide the relevant information and documents for the successful claim and transfer of the funds in the account that would be provided by you. Be rest assured that this project involves 100% risk free. I will like you to provide immediately your private phone number and fax numbers for easy communication.
Awaiting your urgent reply..
Mr. Ali Humaid

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