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: "Faith Adel" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 18:17:35 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FROM MISS FAITH ADEL
FROM MISS FAITH ADEL
IVORY COAST WEST AFRICA
I AM MISS FAITH ADEL FROM IVORY COAST AND I AM CONTACTING YOU BECAUSE I
NEED YOUR HELP IN THE MANAGEMENT OF A SUM OF MONEY THAT MY DEAD FATHER
LEFT FOR ME BEFORE HE DIED.THIS MONEY IS USD 7.5 MILLION AMERICAN
DOLLARS AND THE MONEY IS IN A BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN.
MY 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 23
YEARS AND WITHOUT MOTHER OR FATHER.
PLEASE I WILL LIKE YOU TO REPLY TO 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. IN MY NEXT MAIL I WILL SEND YOU A COPY OF MY
PICTURE SO THAT YOU WILL KNOW THE PERSON YOU ARE HELPING OK.
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