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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: Blanca Warlord <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 02:34:59 +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.
am Miss Blanca  Warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly 24 years old female from the
Republic of Ivory Coast,West Africa  ,am the Daughter of Late Chief
Sgt.Warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly (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 below. world/2011/apr/28/ivory-coast-
renegade-warlord-ibrahim- coulibaly
I 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 Ibrahim Coulibaly

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