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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: ibrahim zaki <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 02:35:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: DETAILS .

Hello Friend ,

Thanks for your response, i was trying to call you with no availCould you please call me on my private phone number. +226 76 13 75 60.

See attached below my staff Identity card and please send me yours for my confident in this transaction.

I'm living in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso West Africa. I state my details as follows: DR.IBRAHIM ZAKI. An accountant by profession, I'm 39yrs old, presently working at the office of Bill and Exchange Department of Bank Of Africa (BOA).I am married with two children. My residence address no: 18 avenue de la Charles Degaulle sect: 21. Box Postal: 01 bp 5256 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso .

My Private Telephone No is. +226 76 13 75 60. Concerning what I need from you about this transaction. Although based on mutual trust and understanding .As you will led me in establishment over in your country. Concerning the transaction at hand, as this cannot be done by email alone. Meanwhile,

I would want to detail you a little on the fund to be transferred to your account. This is not stolen money rather, a discovered abandoned money belonging to one of our late customers by name MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Germany who died years ago in a plane crash together with his entire family living behind his contract sum unclaimed in our bank.

According to one of our banking policies which stipulate that after five to six years of unclaimed fund, the fund will automatically go into the treasury of our bank and that's why I want to use you as next of kin to the deceased customer and claim out the fund. Importantly and as I discovered, my bank does not know that MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER has no next of kin which makes it more easier for you to stand in as next of kin to the deceased person.

It's only me and my colleagues who knew that MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER has no next of kin. There is no risk about this for it's 100% risk free as I will provide you with some vital documents related to the contract sum of MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER and a text of application which you will resend to bank fax line, introducing you as next of kin to MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER and also instructing the paying bank to effect the transfer of the inheritance fund of MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER into any bank account which you will provide and submit to the bank.

I am also sending to you my bank id card. And as soon as I receive your account particulars, also with your declaration of interest and willingness to cooperate with assurance that you will not sit on this money when it gets to your account and a promise not to implicate me in this business, I will furnish you with above information. Could you please call me on the above phone number immediately you receive this email, I will be waiting.

Eagerly waiting for your urgent response.

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