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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: Williams Ossey <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:35:39 +0400

*From The Desk of Mr. Ossey Williams,Branch Manager National Bank of Abu
DhabiGHQ Officer Club Branch, Abu Dhabi- U.A.EGood 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. Ossey Williams, Branch Manager National Bank of
Abu Dhabi, GHQ Officer Club Branch, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. I'm married with
four Children.I'm writing this proposal to ask for your support and
cooperation to carry out this deal opportunity in my department.My name is
Mr. Ossey Williams the Branch manager,National Bank of Abu Dhabi Int’l
Airport Cash-Office Branch (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), married with three
children. I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation
to carry out this business opportunity in my department. After annual audit
Last month in my branch I discover documents of a late client Mr. Andreas
Schranner A German business magnate who made a numbered fixed deposit with
this branch valued $27M (twenty-seven Million United State Dollars,) and I
was lucky to have the scan documents with me in save position. I discovered
from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Andreas
Schranner, died in the plane crash Monday, 31 July 2000, (an air France jet
liner) with his entire family and other passengers on board as you can
confirm it yourself via the website below for (BBC
<>Most astonishing of my
discovery was that, all records bear no next of kin, meaning no member of
Mr. Andreas Schranner 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 twenty-seven Million United State
Dollars ($27,000,000.00) 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. Andreas Schranner Next of
Kin because according to (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LAW), at the expiration of
15 (Fifteen) 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. Andreas Schranner, 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 45% of the total funds and 50% for me as
the initiator of the deal while 5% will be set aside for any
expenses.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 Shall furnish you with
more detals.(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, i will make to
you is not to 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 DUBAI 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 ( osseywilliams20for this transaction
alone while we will be dealing through the email till we could meet in
person and i will provide you my direct phone number in my second
letter.Thanks for your kind understanding.Mr. Ossey Williams,Branch Manager
National Bank of Abu DhabiGHQ Officer Club Branch, Abu Dhabi - U.A.E*

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