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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: Ange Coulibaly <>
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:52:56 +0300
Subject: From Ange Coulibaly

Dearest one,

Thanks for your attention and I pray that my decision to contact you
will be given genuine approval. My name is Miss Ange Coulibaly and i
humbly write to solicit for your partnership and assistance in the
transfer and investment of my inheritance funds $6,500,000.00 from my
late father who died mysteriously.

My late father was poisoned to death by my wicked uncle during his
visit to south Africa where he has his cocoa and coffee company. I am
the only child and daughter of my parents and I lost my mother when I
was barely a year. After the death of my mother, my father refused to
re-marry another wife despite all persuasion by friends and relatives,
because he felt solely responsible for my mother's death, as he only
concentrated on his business affairs without paying attention to
domestic family affairs.

But he ensured that I had everything that I wanted. It was as a result
of this that he made me the next of kin to his fund deposit of
$6,500,000.00 he made in a bank so that I should have a direct access
to the funds if some thing happens to him.

I am presently in a hiding in one of the local hotels here in our
country because of my father's relatives. I have had a telephone
discussions with the director of the bank where my father deposited the
funds in regards to my plans to use the funds for investments. The bank
director assured me that the funds will be released to me once I have
someone who would be honest and willing to receive the funds on my
behalf, they shall commence all proceedings to effect the release and
transfer of the funds into the person's designated account. Once you
signify your interest to partner with me, I shall be giving you more
details such as my photo, address, telephone number, documents relating
to the transaction and the bank's contact information before we can

In conclusion, I will want us to make an offer of ten percent of the
total money to orphans and less Privilege ones in your country while
30% goes to you for all your assistance.

Your urgent response will be appreciated.

Best Regards
Ange Coulibaly.

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