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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: "ibrhm karim" <ibrhm_karim31@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: ibrhm_karim2@yahoo.fr
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 15:29:38 +0000
Subject: WITH DUE RESPECT

FROM MR IBRHM KARIM
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
AFRICA DE BANK (ADB)
OUAGADOUGOU,BURKINA FASO


DEAR FRIEND,

I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foriegn remittance department
in (A.D.B).In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $15.5MILLION
USD(FIFTEEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLOARS)in an account that
belongs to one of our foriegn customer who died along with his entire family
in a plane crash that happened in Kenya, East Africa.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlines and laws but unfortunately we learnt
that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the
plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.

Please I want you to visit the website below for more information about the
Plane Crash and the Deceased DR. GEORGE W. BRUMLEY AND HIS FAMILY:
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/africa/07/20/kenya.crash/index.html

It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my
department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the
money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this
money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.

I agree that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in
respect to the provision of a foriegn account, and 60% would be for me,
There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the
percentage indicated.

Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,
you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased
indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone
and fax number for easy and effective communication and location
wherein the money will be remitted.

Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text
of the application to fill and send to the bank. I will not fail to bring to
your notice that this transaction is hitch-free risk and you should keep
this transaction (TOP SECRET) and this transaction will only take us 14
banking days because as a banker, I know what to do and move the fund into
your account without any delay and that you should not entertain any atom of
fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

You should contact me as soon as you receive this letter so that I will send
you the text of the application to apply to the bank and the data
information of the deceased customer.

Yours faithfully.

MR IBRHM KARIM
Bill & Exchange Manager,

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