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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: Linda Ibrahim Coulibaly <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:48:57 -0430 (VET)
Subject: I have a business discussion/ transaction to discuss

My Dear,
I have a business discussion/ transaction to discuss and transact with you. I am an orphan, my parents died during the IVORY COAST WAR, i had to run down to Benin Republic in the last couple of years. My father left huge sums of money in a Security Company in Europe.He has about 5,500,000.00 Million Euros In European Security Company.I am an orphan,Now I am presently staying in the Refugee Mission Camp in Republic of Benin. I am seeking for long term relationship and investment assistance.

You can read more about my father in the link below:

Kindly get back to via this for details of it after i hear from me +229 97 53 74 26


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