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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: "Philippe Coulibaly" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 01:16:23 +0000
Subject: Get back please...

Kindly accept my apology for sending unsolicited mail to you.
Although we never met before,I have every reason to believe
that you are a highly respected personality,considering the fact
that I sourced your profile from a human resource profile database ,

My name is Philippe Coulibaly; I live in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire
in West Africa. I inherited the sum of USD$7,300,000.00
(Seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
from my father, But l am faced with a problem, it is
in respect of this problem that l am contacting you.

On the banks documents for the next of kin, my late
father appended a clause stating that: I the next of kin,
must attain the age of 30 years, before taking full control
of the Deposit; But, in the event of war or natural
disasters in Ivory Coast, the bank should honor a transfer
request from me which must be for the safety of the funds;
And in this case, I must have an investment manager, my
investment manager must not be an African or in Africa,
and the money must not be transferred to any African

I am 19 years old now, but Ivory Coast is not a safe country
at this time because of War and spreads of Poisonous Toxic.
You will understand better with the publication below.

So I want the bank to release my money out of Ivory Coast to a
safe country, but the bank is insisting that l fulfill the
conditions put down by my late father. I know the bank is
only being business like, because there is no bank in the world
that would encourage a customer to take his money away.
This is actually the reason why l am writing you.

Please I would like you to become my investment manager,
because having an investment manager is the condition the
bank insist l have to meet before they would agree to
cooperate with me in my Funds release request. if you become
my investment manager, then the bank would execute my
transfer request.

I will give you more details when I receive your reply
Please reply to (

Philippe Coulibaly

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