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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Rapheal Coulibaly" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 10:30:14 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Rapheal (CONFIDENCIAL)

Eu herdei seis milhão dólares (6 000.000 USD) de meu pai atrasado e eu quero invest em seu país.
Você receberá meu dinheiro atrasado do pai, quando você tem me fornecer seu cliente de banco,porque Eu decidi-me sair aqui para vir a seu país.
Pode você responder a estes a pergunta,To ajuda-me.
(1)Can você me fornece seu cliente de banco, de modo que este o dinheiro seja transferência?
(2)Posso eu completamente confiar em você?
(3)I lhe dará 15% (PORCENTAGEM)?
(4)Do você sabe o investimento bom?
Envie-me (
chame-me em meu quarto do hotel : 225 0630 4750.
Os agradecimentos e o DEUS bless o enquanto você me ajuda
>From Rapheal Coulibaly
Avenue 16 Rue 13
Treichville Abidjan
Ivory coast
Permit me to inform you of my mind, Because I have make up my mind to write to you this way. however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. I am Rapheal Coulibaly, 22 years old and the only son of my late parents Mr and
Mrs COULIBALY. My late father was a highly reputable business merchant in a cocoa who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days.
Unfortunately I loosed him mysteriously,He died in France during one of his business trips abroad last year octomber 2005. though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle , who travelled with him at that time. But God
knows the truth.
My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my late father took me so special. Before his death on Octomber 9th/2005 he called the secretary who
accompanied him in hospital and told him to call me,on my arrival to the hospital my father told me that he deposited the sum of six million US Dollars. (6 000,000 USD) left in suspense account in one of the leading bank in Africa.
He further told me that he deposited the money in his name,and I as the next of kin and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal document to all his properties.
I am just 22 years old and a University undergraduate and really don’t know what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds.
This is because I have suffered a lot of set back as a result of family enemity and incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.
Please, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few question:
1.Can you honestly help me as your new family?
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?
Please, Consider this and get back to me through my personal mailbox at:(
Urgent call in my Hotel room 225 0630 4750
Thank you so much.
My sincere regards,
Ralpheal Coulibaly.

¡Miles de amigos con tus mismas aficiones!

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