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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: "From: Mr. Zack Kareem" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:54:17 -0700
Subject: Mr. Zack Kareem

From: Mr. Zack Kareem
Subject: Whatever your decision, Write me back. I look forward to it
Attn: Sir/Madam

I am Mr. Zack Kareem I represent a well-known African family currently living in Political Asylum in Oman. I have a very sensitive and private brief from this family to ask for your partnership to re-profile funds over $45 Million U.S. Dollars (Forty-Five Million United State Dollars). I will give the details, but in summary, the fund is in a Bank in South Africa where we have a considerable stake.

Presently we have established a profiling channel through our bankers in South Africa. We need to present you/your Company as a management Consultant to undertake and complete this re-profiling job. This is a legitimate transaction.

I propose that you will be paid 20% of this fund for your proposed "management consultation invoiced charges", for your assistance to re-profile this funds appropriately, if I am able to reach terms with you.

If you are willing to render this assistance quietly, please write back by email and provide me with your confidential telephone number, email address and corporate profile and I will provide further details.

Please keep this close to your chest as much as possible we cannot afford any political problems with Oman Government.

Whatever your decision, Write me back. I look forward to it.

Please kindly reach me on time.


Mr. Zack Kareem.

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