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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: karaim camara <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 23:25:21 +0000

Confidential proposal from the desk of Mr.
KARIM CAMARA Bill and Exchange Manager
[B.O.A]Bank of Africa Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.
West Africa,Urgent Reply Pls.

[Remittance of[$20.5M.Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand UNITED STATES DOLLARS]Confidential is the cash

Compliment of the season.


I am seeking for your capability and reliability to champion this business transaction with me in my department we discoverd an abadoned sum of [$20.5M.Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand UNITED STATES DOLLARS]in account belongs to one of our foreign customer Mr.ANDREAS SCHRANNER who died along with his family in a plane crash on[Friday December 26,2003]

Since we got the information about his sudening death,we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his fund daprosited in our bank because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicating in our banking guidelines,

But unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim, It is therefore upon this discovery i and one of the official in my department now decided to make this business proposal with you and release the fund to you as the rigth next of kin 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 account as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidelines here situplates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years without any body coming for it the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund,The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinaba cannot stand as next to forgein account.

We agerr that you shall be entitled to 30% of the total fund for your co-operation in this transaction while 10% will be set aside for expenses both of us incured during the course of this transaction,Therefore after the fund transfer into your bank account over there in your country i and my family will visit in your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.

Note, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,you must apply first in my bank and you shall present yourself as business associates to the deceased person as details shall be that you are the in-law and business associates to the late customer.

I shall make available to you materials and information in which a successful claim shall be placed on the fund,I shall also be your guidiance and instructor throughout the duration of this transaction so as to ensure a swift and sure transfer of the fund to your bank account without any problem.

So if you are intrested and you want both of us to make this money together reply to me( immediattely with the information bellow.

Your Full Name...........?
Your Sex.................?
Your Age.................?
Your Country.............?
Your Religion............?
Your Photograph..........?
Your Occupation..........?
Your Personal Mobil N°...?
Your Personal Fax N°.....?
Marital Status...........?
Upon receipt of your reply,i will send to you by fax or e-mail the test of application i will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.

POST SERITUM: You have to keep every thing secret as to enable the transaction to move very smoothly into the bank account number you will provide to the bank.

Best Regard,
Yours Faithfully,
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