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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:

Date: 24 Jul 2006 14:43:11 -0000
Subject: Greetings Please Can you honestly help me.

Dearest One.

Many thanks for your prompt response to my message; I appreciate your kind gesture to find time to give response to my message. Base on your profile, I am very happy to request for your assistance and also to go into business partnership with you, if you don’t mind. And I do believe that you will not betray my trust which I am going to lay on you.
I am very sorry for coming to you in this way and inconvenience this mail may cause you but I believe firmly that through the basis of humanitarian assistance my plea will be threaten with favourable attention.

I am MISS VENESA MARIAN COULIBALY the only daughter of late MR and MRS HASSAN COULIBALY whom was killed by the rebels that attacked our country Cote d 'Ivoire (West Africa) and took over our town (BOUAKE).

I ran to Abidjan the economical capital of Cote d 'Ivoire from where I am contacting you. Before the death of my father he told me that he has a sum of US$6.500,000 (Six million five hundred thousand united states dollars) kept in a Local Bank here in Cote d' Ivoire in my name as the next of kin
Sir, in the capacity of the next of kin, I am contacting you with due sense of humanity and responsibility and with few awareness that you will give it a sympathetic and mutual consideration.

Now permit me to ask these few questions: -
(1) Can you honestly help me as a guardian?
(2) Can I completely trust you?
(3) What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?
(4) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my educational career and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
(5) To provide good investment plans for the fund.

Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within a stipulated period of time you signify your interest to assist me.
Anticipating hearing from you immediately.
Pls. reply thru' my personal Address:
Thanks and God bless.
Yours Sincerely
Miss Venesa Marian Coulibaly.

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