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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: "zumba kamara" <zumbakamara600@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: zumbakamaraa2006@yahoomail.com
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 12:59:19 +0100
Subject: WORK WITH ME DEAR FRIEND.

FROM ZUMBA KAMARA
DIRECTOR INCHARGE OF
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT,
CONTINENTAL BANK,
COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC
IN WEST AFRICA

Dear Friend,

Is my Pleasure writing to you at this moment of the day, I'm Zumba
Kamara.The director incharge of auditing and accounting Unit of Continental
Bank in Cotonou-Benin Republic. I deem it fit to contact you regardingto a
transaction that will be of favour to bothof us at the end, and
i got your contact in mysearch for a reputable and reliable person tohelp me
claim the fund in
question.We discovered the sum of eight million onehundred thousand United
States Dollars (USD8.1M)belonging to a deceased customer of this bank.The
fund has been lying in a suspence
account without anybody coming to put claim over the fund since the account
owner late Mr.Mohamed Mohd from libanon, who was involved in the December
25th Benin plane crash. Here is the air crash
website=http://www.iafpa.org.uk/news-template.php?t=4&id=1291

The said fund is now ready for transfer to a foriegn account whose owner
will be portrayed as
the Beneficiary and next of kin to the deceased customer of the bank.The
foriegn account owner
will impost himself as the next of kin to the deceased and respond
positively like a true next
of kin who wishes to speed up the release and transfer of his inherited
fund. If the over due
fund is not claimed by the end of next quarter,the government of the Federal
Republic
of Benin will take over the ownership of thefund in line with the Federal
Edict Act of 1979.

I do not want the government to take over the ownership of this fund,that is
why I contacted
you for us to do the deal together, so that I will portray you as the
bonafide next of kin to
the deceased whose name is Mr. Mohamed mohd.If you accept to carry out this
project with me, we will offer you 30% of the total sum, while I and my
colleagues involved will take 70% of the total sum.Upon your acceptance to
do this deal with us, we will jointly effect the transfer
within eight working days.On your acceptance to do this transaction with me
this particulars
is needed from you.Reply me with this mail address

zumbakamaraa2006@yahoo.com

1,TELEPHNONE
2,FAX
3,ADDRESS

Be rest assured that, this transaction carries no risk and no extra
esponssibilities on your
part, except the above mentioned roles and normally you will be required to
maintain
absolute information and absolute secrecy throughout the duration of this
transaction,
because discussing it with a third party might jeopardise the entire
transaction.I am looking forward to receiving yourinteresting response on
this project as thiswill greatly enrich the both of us at the end.

Best Regards
Mr Zumba Kamara

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