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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: Shayne Nelson
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:40:45 +0100
Subject: Hello My Dear Friend,

Hello My Dear Friend,
Am Mr. Shayne Nelson,  Group Chief Executive Officer , Emirates UAE. I write this proposal in good faith hoping that I will rely on you in a business transaction that requires absolute confidentiality and of great interest and benefit to our both families. In 2007,one Mr.Husson Kiwan an Emirate Citizen  and has your country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit for 36 months, valued at US$30.000,000.00 (Thirty Million United States Dollars only).
I was his account officer before I rose to the position of   Group Chief Executive Officer , Emirates UAE . The maturity date for this deposit contract was 27th of September 2010.Sadly Mr.Husson was among the death victims in the September 2009 earthquake in Indonesia that left over 1,200 people dead while he was there on a business trip. Since the last quarter of 2010 until today, the management of my bank has been finding means to reach him so as to be certain if he will roll over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn. When I discovered that this will happen, I have tried to think up a procedure to preserve this fund and use the proceeds for business. Some directors here have been trying to find out from me the information about this account and the owner, but I have kept it closed because I know that if they become aware that Husson is late, they will corner the funds for themselves. Therefore, I am seeking your cooperation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund at his death
I have done enough inside the bank arrangement and I only have to put in your details into the information network in the bank computers and document and reflect you as his next of kin beneficiary. If you concur with this proposal, I intend for you to retain 50% of the funds while 50% shall be for me.Kindly forward your response.
I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as possible.
Best Regards,
Shayne Nelson
Group Chief Executive Officer,
Emirate NBD Bank, Dubai

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