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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: =?utf-8?q?Rairra=20Coulibally?= <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 03:23:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Yours sister in Christ Mrs Rairra Coulibally

¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme

- From: Mrs Rairra Coulibally Abidjan Cote D´Ivoire,West Africa.Dear Beloved,I am Mrs Rairra Coulibally from Ivory Coast. I am married to Mr.Pete U Coulibally who worked with our Embassy in France for nine years before he died in the year 2001. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $1,850,000,00 One Million Eight hundred and fifty thousand united states dollars only with a Bank here in Cote D lvoire. Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next eight months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church, organization or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church,organization or good person that will use this fund for orphanages, widows and for other peoples that needs help and also propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that"Blessed is the hand that giveth". l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians not even good at all because they are the one that responsible for the death of my husband in other to have all my late husband properties and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by those that conspired for his death.This is why I am taking this decision, I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace". I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about This development and I know that With God all things are possible.As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the deposit information of the money and also issue a letter of authorisation to the bank that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money also want you,church or the organisation to always pray for me because the lord is my only shephard.My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.Please always be prayerful all through your life.Contact me on this email address { OR} and any delay in your reply will give me room in souring another good person,church,organization for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your response immediately.Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.I remain yours sister in Christ.Mrs Rairra Coulibally

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