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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: becky koulibaly <>
Reply-To: becky koulibaly <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:43:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From: Ms.becky kouliblay

From: Ms.becky kouliblay

it is my pleasure to contact you after going through your profile. I
was convinced and decided to select you among others for my assistance
with the believe that you will never disappoint me in any way.However,it
is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour this
proposal,against your will, but first let me introduce myself to you. My
name is Ms.becky koulibaly from West Afaica.I am the only child of my
late parents and that has made me to run away from our family house
because my uncles and my step Mother are after my life as they want to
have full access to my inheritance.
My entire dream is to find
somebody overseas whom I can trust with my future life and inheritance
and also who will be able to assist for my relocation abroad and also
assist me in my investment plans abroad.I am seriously searching for a
very reliable person, who will assist me in my investment plans over
there in your base.
I have some reasonable amount worth $4,5 USD
which I inherited from my late father who was a traditional ruler and an
international business man before his death, now I am ready and wanted
to relocate out of this country and come over there to your area so that
I will secure a business opportunity.I wish to invest in Hospital
Equipment, Transportation, Agricultural Project and Real Estate.
need to invest the money in your base because of my situation here,
besides we do not have fair investment opportunities here in our country
because of frequent political crisis.Please your assistance is highly
needed to enable me achieve my educational career in your country.
urgent response is needed so that I will give you full details on my
plans for relocating to your country for these establishment.Please in
case if you are not in a good position to work with me on this aspect.I
will appreciate you inform me immediately so that I will start making an
urgent alternative arrangement with another person without much delay
waiting for your response.
I am eagerly waiting for your urgent response.
Remain Blessed.
Faithfully Yours,

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