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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: idris karim <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 21:28:48 +0000
Subject: Attention

Attention;Greetings to you .This is a business proposal i am sending to you now for outmost consideration .Before i continue with this i have to expresse myself to you and is of high confidence that i contacted you for this business . I am Dr Idris Karim , Manager Bills/ Exchange at the Foreign Remittance Department of ( ADB )AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO IN WEST AFRICA. In my department i discovered an abandoned sum of US$ 12.5M (TWELVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in an account that belong to one of our foreign customers who died on 11th September 2001 in world trade center (WTC). Since we got information about his death, i have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applied for it as the next of kin, or relation to the deceased as indicated in our Banking guidelines. Unfortunately, nobody has come forward to claim this money. It is based on this that i , as the bill and exchange manager decided to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence by contacting you.I want you to present yourself as the next of kin or relation of the deceased customer, so that the fund can be remitted into your account since nobody is coming for it. And again i do not want the money to go into the government account as unclaimed bills. The Banking laws and guidelines here stipulate that any account abandoned or dormant for a period of years is deemed closed, all money contained therein would be forfeited to the bank and government treasury account and as i see this account, nobody comes for it and will not come because i have made several enquires concerning the deseased. Now it is being speculated that the above sum will be transferred into the government account as an unclaimed fund if nobody comes forward .Is upon this reason i am requesting you to present yourself as the next of kin is occasioned by the fact that the deceased (customer)was a foreigner.Also more importantly is that i have been given the right to screen the applicants and that is why i have decided to hit this business with you . I will forward to you the detail information on how i have planned the success of this if you agree to assist me.Your telephone and fax number will be needed incase of urgency .I have agreed to give you 40% of the total money .while i take 50% ,10% will stand for expenses incured during transaction on both side .If you are in support of the aforementioned, therefore you are urged to reply this letter indicating your readiness and interest to participate in the business. After receiving your reply, you will be communicated to with the exact steps to take. And I will like you to give me a concrete assurance that the entire fund will be safe when transferred into your account. To enable us conclude this transaction urgently,Please treat this business proposal STICTLY CONFIDENTIAL for security reasons. Very important , contact me back with this my private email id for security reasons( regards.DR IDRIS KARIM.(Manager Bill and Exchange Dept ADB)Tele:00226 78 86 90 32 call me .
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