fighting spam and scams on the Internet
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.
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: "sandra collins" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 15:18:18 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FROM MISS SANDRA COLLINS
FROM MISS SANDRA COLLINS
IVORY COAST WEST AFRICA
I AM MISS SANDRA COLLINS FROM IVORY COAST AND I AM CONTACTING YOU BECAUSE I NEED YOUR HELP IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SUM OF MONEY THAT MY LATE FATHER LEFT FOR ME BEFORE HE DIED.THE MONEY IS USD 4.5 MILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS AND THE MONEY IS IN A SECURITY COMPANIES HERE IN ABIDJAN.
MY LATE FATHER WAS A VERY RICH COCOA FARMER AND HE WAS POISONED BY HIS BUSINESS COLLEAGUES AND NOW I WANT YOU TO STAND AS MY GUIDIAN AND APPOINTED BENEFICIARY AND RECEIVE THE MONEY IN YOUR COUNTRY SINCE I AM ONLY 22 YEARS OLD AND WITHOUT MOTHER ORFATHER.
PLEASE I WILL LIKE YOU TO REPLY ME BACK THIS EMAIL SO THAT I WILL TELL YOU ALL THE INFORMATION SO THAT THIS MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO YOU. SO THAT YOU WILL GET ME PAPERS TO TRAVEL TO YOUR COUNTRY TO CONTINUE MY EDUCATION THERE.I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY AND I WILL CALL YOU AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU. AND I WILL SEND YOU A COPY OF MY PICTURE ON HEARING FROM YOU. AND YOU WILL KNOW THE PERSON YOU ARE HELPING.
MISS SANDRA COLLINs
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