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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: "Emirates NBD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 14:55:52 -0800
Subject: Business Discussion

I am Mr. Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Director of Emirates National Bank of Dubai.I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you now.I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you and you are going to benefit from it.
One Late Richard Morgan, a citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2009 for 84 calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was last 22nd of January 2016. Sadly Richard was among the death victims in the March 11, 2011 Earthquake disaster in Japan, that killed over 15,896 people. He was in Japan on a business trip and that was how he met his end.
My Bank Management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer. Richard did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and he was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that Richard should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract. I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Executives happens to know that Richard is dead and do not have any next of kin/Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen.I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, my bank head quarters will release the account to you.
There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Executives to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds equal, 50/50% to both parties, my share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email
We can as well discuss this on phone; let me know when you will be available to speak with me on Skype. Have a nice day and God bless. Anticipating your communication.
My Regards.
Mr. Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim.
Director of Emirates NBD P.J.L.C Bank.
United Arab Emirates
Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim
Emirates NBD

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