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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: angela bila <>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 19:05:38 +0200 (CEST)

TEL: +225 09531075

Dear loved heart,

I am BILA ANGELA, 22 yrs old, from ivorycoast nationality.The only daughter of late Mr Joseph BILA, a very wealth and famous cocoa merchant based in Abidjan the federal capital of Cote d'ivoire. Please sweetheart, I inherited an amount of US$12,500,000.00 million american dollars from my late father before his sudden death. Dear, i am humbly seeking for your urgent assistance in respect of transfering this my above mentioned fund into your nominated bank account for an investment purposes such as in real estates managements and stock market investments. Dear, honestly speaking, i am willing to offer you 20% commission of this my total fund as a mode of compensation for your urgent help to me.
Please quickly call me at +225 09531075 and also responds me back as quickly as possible at these my private and secured email address for more important details regarding this my mutual transaction.

My private email address is as follows:

I am seriously waiting for your immediate phone calls to me rightnow for further important details.Please help me out because i am for real and my transaction is legal and 100% risk free and i guarantee you that you won't regret your help.Thanks for your assistance, understanding and maximum cooperation and May God almighty bless you forever.

Yours lovely heart,

+225 09531075.

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