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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:

Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:07:56 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Dearest,


know this mail will come to you as a surprise since we haven't known or
come across each other before considering the fact that I sourced your
email contact through the Internet in search of trusted person who can
assist me.
I am Miss Bianca Warlord Ibrahim Coulibal 24 years
old female from the Republic of Ivory Coast,West Africa ,am the
Daughter of Late Chief Sgt.Warlord Ibrahim Coulibal (a.k.a General IB
). My late father was a well known Ivory Coast militia leader . He died
on Thursday 28 April 2011 following a fight with the Republican Forces
of Ivory Coast(FRCI). You can read more about my father in the link

am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which 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 travel to Europe, but she hide
away my international passport and other valuable documents. Luckily
she did not discover where I kept my father's File which contained
important documents. Now I am presently staying in the Mission in
Burkina Faso. I am seeking for long term relationship and investment
assistance. My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$ 7.5
Million in one bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. I
had contacted the Bank to clear the deposit but the Branch Manager told
me that being a refugee, my status according to the local law does not
authorize me to carry out the operation. However, he advised me to
provide a trustee who will stand on my behalf. I had wanted to inform
my stepmother about this deposit but I am afraid that she will not
offer me anything after the release of the money.

I decide to seek for your help in transferring the money into your bank
account while I will relocate to your country and settle down with you.
As you indicated your interest to help me I will give you the account
number and the contact of the bank where my late beloved father
deposited the money with my name as the next of kin. It is my intention
to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your assistance and
the balance shall be my investment in any profitable venture which you
will recommend to me as have no any idea about foreign investment.
Please all communications should be through this email address for
confidential purposes.

Thanking you a lot in anticipation of
your quick response. I will give you details in my next mail after
receiving your acceptance mail to help me.
 Yours sincerely

Miss Blanca Warlord


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