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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: solomon coulibaly <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 09:20:25 +0000
Subject: Urgent

Greetings to your family.

About the (US$16.5 Million).I hope this mail meets you well.I am the personal financial adviser to Engr. W.Cook, a national of your country, who used to work with an oil servicing company here in Cote d'Ivoire.My name is Mr. Solomon Coulibaly, an Accountant with a reputable BANK here in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

My client, his wife, and their three children were involved in the ill fated plane crash of the Kenya Airways Flight which took place at the coasts of Abidjan in which all passengers on board died. Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives but has been unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his name over the Internet, to see if I could locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

Of particular interest is this huge deposit with our bank here in, where the deceased has an account valued at about sixteen million five hundred thousand dollars (US$16.5 million).They have issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or the bank will declare the account unserviceable and thereby send the funds to the bank treasury. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over they years now. I will seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at (US$16.5 million) can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under all legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If you can handle this with me, reach me back immdiately( In your reply mail, give your full names, address, date of birth, telephone and fax numbers.

Thanking you for your anticipated cooperation.

Your faithfully,Mr Solomon Coulibaly.

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