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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.K.Mashal" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2021 07:57:48 -0800
Subject: Business Proposal

From: Mr.Khader Mashal
Branch Manager Internal
control & quality
assurance at National Bank of
Abu Dhabi Branch Dubai (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. Khader Mashal, Branch Manager
Internal control & quality assurance at National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Branch Dubai (U.A.E). I'm writing this proposal to ask for your
support and cooperation to carry out this deal opportunity in my

On 12 July 1996,an America Oil consultant/contractor with Petroleum
Corporation,Mr.David Ameeraly,  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 I discovered from
his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr. David
Ameeraly, died in the plane crash On 12 November 1996 (Charkhi Dadri
Mid-Air Collision (1996) with other passengers on board as you can
confirm it yourself via the website below.

Most astonishing of my discovery was that, all records bear no next of
kin, meaning no member of Mr. David Ameeraly, 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. David Ameeraly, Next of Kin
because according to (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LAW), at the expiration of
35 (thirty 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.David Ameeraly, 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 45% for me, while 10% will be map out
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 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,branch
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 for this transaction alone while we will be
dealing through the email till we could and meet in person.

Thanks for your kind understanding.

Mr.Khader Mashal

My private email address:

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