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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: "Miss Zarry Bakayoko" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:37:28 -0300
Subject: Dear Respected One,

Hello Dear Respected One,

Reply me back Via this email Address

Nice To Meet You, I pray this message reaches you in the best of
health and imaan. I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow
from my heart, I humbly write to solicit for your partnership and
assistance in the transfer and investment of my inheritance funds (USD
9.5M) Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars from my late
father who died mysteriously.

I am Mis.zarry Bakayoko, I am 18years old, am only child of my late
parents Mr. and Mrs. Zumana Bakayoko. I got your contact email from
international domain database and I decided to contact you for this
offer, that is based on trust and you’re outstanding.

I need your assistance in transferring the fund to your account for
investments purpose. The transaction is 100% legal and risk free on
both sides hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund
is transferred and secured into your account.

It was very evident that my father was poisoned to death. In my
culture, when a man dies, if he does not have a male child, the
brother takes his property leaving the wife and the daughters empty
handed. This is the exact case with me as I am the only daughter, I
lost my mother when I was barely a year old and my father refused to
re-marry despite all persuasion by friends and relatives, because he
felt solely responsible for my mother's death, as he only concentrated
on his business that he rarely pays attention to family affairs, He
ensured that I will had everything that I wanted. It was as a result
that he made me the next of kin to his fund deposit with the bank and
stated that in the event of any eventuality, I should have a direct
access to the funds only when I am 25 years otherwise, I should have a
guardian to intercede on my behalf for the release of the funds to me
for investments purpose.

Unlucky he passes away and I wanted to transfers the fund to over sea
for investments purpose due to my current situation. Please if you are
interested in this offer kindly give me your full assurance, I has
decided to contact you hope that you will find this offer interesting
to assist me, on your confirmation of this message indicate your
interest, I will furnish you with more details as read from you, I
made a solemn vow through God as soon as we get the fund successfully
transferred into your bank account i will offer 10% of the total fund
to the orphanage over there in your country and 20% for your kind
effort out of the total fund, while 70% will invest in profitable
business and managing by you while I continue my studies. Endeavor to
let me know your decision.

If you are interested your urgent response will be appreciated.

But If you are not interested please delete and do not bother to respond.

Talk to you the more sincerely.Best regard

Miss.zarry Bakayoko.
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