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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: Sofia Laboso <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2022 03:32:24 -0800
Subject: Hello Dear

I need your advice and assistance,

I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in
any manner compel you to honor against your will, I am Miss Sofia
Laboso, 25 years old girl the only daughter to Late Mrs. Lorna Laboso
the former Kenyan Assistant Minister of Home and affairs who was among
the plan that crash on board in the remote area of Kalong’s western
Kenya Read more about the crash with the below web site.

I am seeking a long term relationship and investment assistance. My
mother of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$7 Million in one of
the prime bank in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin, I
contacted the Bank on my arrival here to clear the money but the
Branch Manager told me that my mother left an instruction to the bank
that the money should be release to me only when I am married or i
present a trustee male/female who will help me investing the money and
guard me through my University, being an orphan/refugee my status
according to the Law here does not authorize me to carry out such huge
transaction. However, he advised me to provide a trustee out of the
above stated requirement who will stand on my behalf, I had wanted to
inform my Uncle about this money but I am afraid that he will not
offer me anything after the release of the money. Now my questions
1. Can you handle this transaction?
2. Can I give you this trust?

I require you to immediately indicate your interest by a return mail
for more details of this fund and what I have been passing through in
the hands of my late stepmother due to my late mother's assets and

Yours faithfully,
Sofia Laboso

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