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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: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:56:41 -0800
Subject: From Angelle Sanogo

Dear Sir/ Madam, May the peace of God be with you. I am Angelle Sanogo the =
only daughter of late Mr.Raoul Sanogo, I Am writing you from Rep of Cote D'=
Ivoire where I have been taking refuge after the brutal war and Murder of m=
y parents by the rebels during the war in my country. After my praying and =
fasting God directed me to contact you for your assistance to transfer my o=
nly Inheritance to you until i finish my school. Because of the war my late=
father sold his company and deposited this money in one of the bank here. =
My late father and some top Government Officials was attacked and killed by=
the rebels during the war. This sudenly death of my father has course alot=
of set back in my life and my only hope of survival is this money which he=
deposited in the bank. I am humbly seeking for your assistance to transfer=
this money out from here,before it get into the hands of some currupt gove=
rnment officials here. You will make a good arrangment for investment proje=
ct until i finish my education also help me to start a new life overthere i=
n your country. Please tell how much percent you will take from the total s=
um for your helping in this matter. As I get your interest to help I will i=
ntroduce you officialy to the bank as my late father's foreign business par=
tner. For more details reply immediately Yours Angelle Email:angelle.sanogo=

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