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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: Coulibaly <>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:57:31 +0800 (SGT)

Good Day,

I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. I will really

Like to have a good relationship with you, and I have a special reason why I

Decided to contact you.

I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here, I am Miss

Hope Coulibaly 23years old girl from Ivory Coast, the only daughter of Late Dr

Mamoud Coulibaly the Director of Coulibaly Industries. Then The President Of My

Country accuse my father of coup attempt And he was killed in Attack by the

Rebels together with my mother. I am constrained to contact you because of the

Maltreatment I, am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all

My late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of

My beloved Father. Meanwhile I wanted to escape to the Europe but she hides away

My international passport and other valuable traveling documents.

Luckily she did not discover where I kept my fathers File which contains

Important documents. So I decided to run to the refugee camp where I am

Presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the

Refugee here in Ouagadougou, Republic of Burkina Faso. I wish to contact you

Personally for a long term business relationship and investment assistance in

You’re Country.

My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$6.5Million Dollars in Bank

With my name as the next of kin. However, I shall forward you with the necessary

Documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and

Investment of the fund.

As you will help me in an investment, and I will like to complete my studies, as

I was in my year one in the university, when the crisis started. It is my

Intention to compensate you with 40% of the total money for your services and

The balance shall be my investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to

Contact you. Please all communications should be through this email address only

For confidential purposes.

As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put

Things into action immediately. And send to you the phone contact of the Rev

Father whom is in charge of the Refugee camp for you to call me so that i will

Hear from you which is the dream of my life to hear and touch you and see you

Face to face OK, In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message

Indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. I

Am staying at the female hostel. Awaiting your urgent and positive response.

Please do keep this to yourself and every commutation shall be made through this

Email address alone for confidential purpose and you should not disclose it till

I come over, once the fund has been transferred.

I will send you my pictures as soon as I Read from you again please tell me more

About yourself.


MissHope Coulibaly.

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