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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: "Mr.David H AlHout" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 01:57:26 +0400
Subject: Opportunity

From: Mr.David H AlHout
Branch MANAGER at National
Bank of Abu Dhabi (U.A.E)

Good day Friend,

I'm pleased to get across to you with a very urgent and profitable business
proposal; I need your assistance in this urgent matter. I got your e-mail
address from the Internet while browsing and I decided to contact you for
your assistance in this urgent matter that requires trust and
confidentiality. I’m Mr. David H AlHout, Branch Manager at National Bank of
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. I'm writing this proposal to ask for your support and
cooperation to carry out this deal opportunity in my department.

On June 6, 1999, an America Oil consultant/contractor with Petroleum
Corporation, Mr. Martin Greenberg, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit
for twelve calendar months, Valued at US$60,600,000.00 (Sixty Million Six
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars in my branch upon maturity). I 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 Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Martin Greenberg, 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 website

Most astonishing of my discovery was that, all records bear no next of kin,
meaning no member of Mr. Martin Greenberg, family knows about the deposit
therefore, no member of his family will ever come forward to claim the
money, in order for the bank not to declare the said sum of Sixty Million
Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($60,600,000.00) as unclaimed
funds and confiscate it to the emirates treasury account, the above stated
funds must be claimed immediately by somebody standing in as late Mr.
Martin Greenberg Next of Kin because according to (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
LAW), at the expiration of 25 (twenty five) years, the money will be
reverted to the ownership of the (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES GOVERNMENT) if
nobody applies to claim the fund. This revelation is only known to me
because I was his personal account officer before I was moved to my present
post as the branch manager, now I seek your cooperation to act as next of
kin to late Mr. Martin Greenberg, to claim the funds and move them into
useful investments, we shall split the cash between our self upon the
confirmation of the money into your Bank account. I am ready to offer you
40% of the total funds and 40% for me, while 20% will be map out for any

Please note that by virtue of my position in the bank, I have worked out
perfect modality as well as I shall provide the relevant information and
documents for the successful claiming and transfer of the funds into the
account that will be provided by you. I cannot stand in the forefront of
this transaction because I work with the bank, that is why I have come to
you for assistance, be rest assured that this deal involves no risk, upon
the receiving of your acceptance mail. I will like you to provide me with
the following details to this my private email address: ( /

(1) Your Valid Direct Tel/ Mobile/Fax Number.
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Current Resident Address.
(4) Your Private E-mail Address.
(5) Your Occupation:
(6) Your Age and Sex:
(7) Your Nationality:

Then I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction
without any delay. Please discard this message if you are not interested
and keep this deal TOP SECRET ONLY BETWEEN YOU AND ME. One Passionate
appeal, do not discuss this matter with anybody, if you have any reasons to
reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any Leakage of
this information will be too bad for me at my work place as the Branch
Manager National Bank of Abu Dhabi, here in U.A.E and that is why I can't
use my official email address to contact you for security purpose, I had to
open a private email address which is for this transaction alone while we
will be dealing through the email till we could and meet in person.

My private email address: ( )/

Thanks for your kind understanding.

Mr.David H AlHout

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