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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: Aniccet Ibrahim <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 04:14:04 -0700
Subject: Dearest,


I know this mail will come to you as a surprise since we haven't known or
come across each other before considering the fact that I sourced your
email contact through the Internet in search of a trusted person who can
assist me.

My name is Miss Aniccet Ibrahim Coulibaly, I am the only child of my late
father, Late Chief Sgt.Warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly (a.k.a General IB ). My
late father was a well-known Ivory Coast militia leader. He died on
Thursday 28 April 2011 following a fight with the Republican Forces of
Ivory Coast(FRCI). You can read more about my father at the link below.,
I am 24years, female from the Republic of Ivory Coast, West Africa. I am
writing this mail to call for your collaboration in a partnership business
in your country, I am constrained to contact you because of the
maltreatment I am receiving from my stepmother. She planned to take away
all my late father's treasury and properties from me after the unexpected
death of my beloved Father. My father secretly deposited the sum of $ 27.5
million in one of the banks in Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin.

However, I shall forward to you the necessary information of the deposit on
confirmation of your acceptance to assist me with the transfer and
investment of the fund in your country. I will be very happy if you can
write to me for easy communication so that we can know each other, I will
give you my pictures and details about me in my next mail.

Yours Sincerely
Miss Aniccet Ibrahim

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