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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: rita camara <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 18:40:24 +0100

FROM;Ms RITA CAMARARue 15 Paris VillageAbidjan Cote d'Ivoire Hello My Dear Beloved, I am writing this letter with due respect and heart full of tears since we have not known or met ourselves previously, I am asking for whom to love and at the same time love me as well. I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you abundantly and you would never regret this. My name is Rita Camara,24 years old from the republic of Liberia in west Africa, I am fair in complexion, I am about 5fit 7in tall, I love sport events, going outdoors activities, watching of moving, shopping, walking etc .I am the only surviving child of the deceased Dr. Benson .C.George the former Minister of Finance/Executive Director Central Bank of Liberia in the year July 1997-Feb. 2003. The reason for this correspondence to you is to formally request for mutual assistance on business relationship with you in order to benefit from your wealth of experience in business. My father deposited the sum of US$6,900, 000.00 (Six Million Nine Hundred Thousand US Dollars) Cash in the bank of Africa cote d’ivoire . The money is the share of proceeds from a deal executed with my father's colleagues in the hierarchy of membership of the Liberia JOINT Public Teder Board during a contract award to an Ukrainian - Russia Diamond Extracting Company when my father was a chairman. Due to the civil war caused by rebel leader Charles Taylor who has just been toppled by another rebel group and my father's status as a civil-servant by law in my country and the sensitivity of my father's position that attracts public attention, he cannot operate a Domiciliary account in order to keep this large sum of money in a bank in my country. My father retired and died lately before he could withdraw this money here Cote D’ivoire therefore I want your assistant and co-operation to transfer this money to your personal account fro investment purpose in your Country. Due to my youthful age and also refugee here in Cote d'Ivoire,I decide to claim the money now through your assistance as my beneficiary and foreign partner. As soon as you respond we will discuss on the percentage you will take for your efforts and assistance and further discuss on we will proceed. Feel free to ask any questions you may need to know. I am waiting for your response. Regards RITA CAMARA,
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