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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: "spiff izuma" <izumaspiff@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 11:52:15 +0000
Subject: REAT URGENT PLEASE.

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF CREDIT CONTROL
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT BANK PLC,
101-103 AVENUE, KWAME NKURUMAH,
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.
PHONE: 226-7037-7447.

DEAR SIR,

I AM MANDATED BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE INTERANTIONAL CREDIT BANK
PLC TO ASCERTAIN YOUR INTEREST AND CAPABILITY TO CO-OPERTE WITH US IN
ACTUALIZING THIS HIGHLY REWARDING PROJECTON REPATRIATION OF FUNS TO
YOUR COUNTRY.

ARE YOU WILLING TO BE BE PRESENTED AS THE BONAFIDE NEXT OF KIN TO MR
FLOYD TARANTINO, A CRUDE OIL MERCHANT FROM AUSTRALIA.

UNTIL HIS UNTIMELY DEATH BY THE TSUNAMI DISASTER IN INDONESIA, MR FLOYD
OPERATED A FIXED DEPOSITE ACCOUNT OF FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
UNITED STATE DOLLARS ($5,500,000.00) WITH INTERNATIONAL CREDIT BANK.

SEQUEL TO HIS DEATH, THE BANK MADE CONCERTED EFFORT TO CONTACT THE
IMMEDIATE FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA IN ORDER TO RE-CLAIM AND TRANSFER THE
OWNERSHIP OF THE FUND.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE BANK DISCOVER RECENTLY THAT THE IMMEDIATE FAMILIES
OF THE DEPOSITOR MR. FLOYD WERE ALSO DRASTICALLY AFFECTED BY THE SAME
TSUNAMI WHILE ON HOLIDAYS.

APPARENTLY, THIS FUND IS NOW IN FULL CUSTODY OF THE BANK.
AFTER A VERY SERIOUS SURVEY, I AND THE CEO OF THE BANK DECIDED TO
REPATRIATE THIS FUND TO A TRUST-WORTHY AND RELIABLE OVERSEAS BANK
ACCOUNT FOR HIGH YIELD INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS.

THE MODALITY OF DISBURSING THE FUND WILL BE DISCUSSED FULLY WITH THE
BANK-ACCOUNT OWNER/PROVIDER,WHICH WE ARE OFFERING YOU.

ALL THE DOCUMENTS ESTABLISHING THE DEPOSITE OF THIS FUND AND EMPOWERING
YOU TO BE THE NEXT OF KIN/BENEFICIARY OF THE FUND WILL BE PERFECTLY
SECURED IN YOUR NAME IF INTERESTED IN HELPING SECURE THE FUND.

TRANSFER OF THIS FUND CAN BE SWIFTLY AND SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED
WITHIN 14 BANK WORKING DAYS IF YOU PROVIDE THE NECCESSARY OVERSEAS
INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED TO REALIZE THE OBJECTIVE.

PLEASE PROTECT MY POSITION IN MY BANK BY KEEPING EVERYTHING SECRET AND
CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL WE TRANSFER THIS FUND TO YOUR DISTINATION. BE KIND
ENOUGH TO CONFIRM THE RECEIPT OF OF THIS MESSAGE FOR MORE
CLARIFICATION.

AWAITING YOUR REPLY.
N:B PLEASE REPLY ME VIA THIS EMAIL: spiffizumabf13@mail.ru

SINCERELY,
MR SPIFF IZUMA.
PHONE: 226-7037-7447.

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