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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: <mrkarim_ibrahim@ciudad.com.ar>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 09:26:19 -0300
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?=20URGENT=20POSITIVE=20RESPONSE=20IS=20NEEDED.?=

URGENT POSITIVE RESPONSE IS NEEDED.
CREDIT OFFICER
AUDITINGANDACCOUNTING UNIT,
BANK OF AFRICA,
OUAGADOUGOU-BURKINAFASO
BANKWEB:www.bkofafrica.net

DEAR FRIEND

FIRST,I MUSTSOLICIT YOURCONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION;THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF ITSNATURE AS BEINGUTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL AND TOP SECRET.THOUGH I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTIONOF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL MAKE ANY ONE APPREHENSIVE ANDWORRIED,BUT I AMASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THEDAY.I HAVE DECIDEDTO CONTACT YOU DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THISTRANSACTION,AS I HAVE BEENRELIABLY INFORMED OF YOUR DISCRETNESS ANDABILITY IN TRANSACTION OF THISNATURE. LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELFPROPERLY TO YOU.I AM MR,KARIM IBRAHIM. CREDIT OFFICER WITH THE BANK OF AFRICA OUAGADOUGOUBURKINA FASO.

I CAME TO KNOW YOU IN MY PRIVATE SEARCH FOR ARELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE THISCONFIDENTIALTRANSACTION,WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF HUGE SUM OFMONEY TO AFOREIGN ACCOUNT REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.THE PROPOSITION:AFOREIGNER AN AMERICAN ,LATE DR GEORGE BRUMLEY, CONTRACTOR WITHTHEFEDERAL MINISTRY OF AVIATION BURKINA FASO,UNTIL HIS DEATH IN KENYAAIRBUS (A310-300) FLIGHT KQ430,BANKED WIH US AT BANK of AFRICA OUAGADOUGOUBURKINA FASO AND HAD A CLOSING BALANCE AS AT THE END OFJANUARY,2003WORTH USD 18.200,000.00(EIGHTEEN MILLION TWO HUNDREDTHOUSAND UNITEDSTATE DOLLAR), THE BANK NOW EXPECTS A NEXT OF KIN ASBENEFICIARY.

VALUABLE EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE BY THE BANK OF AFRICANHERE IN BURKINA FASO TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF THE BRUMLEY'S FAMILYORRELATIVES BUT TO NO SUCCESS.IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVEDPOSSIBILITYOF NOT BEING ABLE TO LOCATE ANY OF LATE DR GEORGE BRUMLEY'SNEXT OFKIN(HE HAD NO WIFE OR CHILDREN THAT IS KNOWN TO US).THE MANAGEMENTUNDER THE INFLUENCE OF OUR CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARDOFDIRECTORS,THAT ARRANGEMENT HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE FUND TO BEDECLEARED"UNCLAINMED" AND SUBSEQUENTLY BE DONATED TO THE TRUST FUND FORARMS AND AMMUNITION TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE COURSE OF WAR IN AFRICA AND THEWORLD IN GENERAL.

IN ORDER TO AVERT THIS NEGATIVE DEVELOPMENT,INOW SEEK YOUR PERMISSION TO HAVE YOU STAND AS NEXT OF KIN TO LATEDRGEORGE BRUMLEY SO THAT THE FUND USD 18.2 MILLION WILL BE RELEASEDANDPAID INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AS THE NEXT OF KIN. ALL DOCUMENTS AND PROOFSTOENABLE YOU GET THIS FUND WILL BE CAREFULLY WORKED OUT.

IHAVESECURED FROM THE PROBATE AN ORDER OF MADAMUS TO LOCATE ANY OFDECEASEDBENEFICIARIES, AND MORE SO I AM ASSURING YOU THAT THIS BUSINESSIS 100%RISK FREE INVOLVEMENT.YOUR SHARE STAYS WHILE THE REST BE FORMYSELF FORINVESTMENT PURPOSES. ACCORDING TO AGGREMENT WITHIN BOTHPARTIES AS SOONAS WE RECIEVE AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT OF THISMESSAGE IN ACCEPTANCE OF OUR MUTUAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL,I WOULD FURNISHYOU WITH THENECCESSARY MODALITIES AND DISBURSEMENT RATIO TO SUITE BOTHPARTIESWITHOUT ANY CONFLICT.

IF THIS PROPOSAL IS ACCEPTABLE BY YOU DONOT MAKEUNDUE ADVANTAGE OF THE TRUST I HAVE BESTOWED IN YOU ANDYOURCOMPANY,THEN KINDLY GET TO ME IMMEDIATELY VIA MY EMAIL,PLEASEFURNISHME WITH YOUR MOST CONFIDENTIAL TELEPHONE,FAX NUMBERS SO THAT ICAN USETHIS INFORMATION TO APPLY FOR THE RELEASE AND SUBSEQUENT TRANSFEROF THEFUND IN YOUR FAVOUR.SEE THE WEBSITE OF THEPLANECRASH
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/07/20/kenya.crash/index.html

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CORPORATION.
YOURSFAITHFULLY,
MR KARIM IBRAHIM.
00226 76366185.



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