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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: "patrick kaba" <patrick_kaba10@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 19:44:04 +0200
Subject: Confidential!!!

MR. T. PATRICK DIRECTOR (ABSA) ALMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA
ALMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA,
18 PARK LANE, JOHANNESBURG GAUTENG,
SOUTH AFRICA.
TEL: + 27 84 70 69 479

Attn:Sir/Madam,

My name is MR.T. PATRICK KABA, DIRECTOR (ABSA) ALMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH
AFRICA,18 PARK LANE STREET, JOHANNESBURG GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA.

I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank with account number
ABB 30-A77-096/ECWB/GH who perished in a plane crash [Ethiopianairline]with
the whole passengers aboard.Since the demise of this our customer. I have
personally watched with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has
proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of
$15.000.000.00 [FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS] which has been with
my branch for a very long time.

On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the
Next of kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin.
And the banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than TEN
years, because money will be recalled to the bank treasury as unclaimed
after thisperiod.

Inview of this I got your contact through a search on the Internet .I shall
giveyou 25% of the total sum.

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free
and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund
transfer can be finalized within five banking days, after you apply tothe
bank as a relation to the deceased person.

When you receive this letter. Kindly send me an e-mail signifying your kin
interest to this transaction and decision including your private telephone/
fax numbers for quick communication.

Respectfully submitted,
Best regards.

T. PATRICK KABA.

MR. T. PATRICK KABA DIRECTOR (ABSA) ALMALGAMATED BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA,18
PARK LANE STREET, JOHANNESBURG GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA.

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