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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: eric kata <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 10:46:54 +0100
Subject: From Eric Kata

>From Eric Kata
20 Rue Avenue, BP 102,cocody,
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Phone +225 052 670 88
Dear Peace be with you,
My name is Eric Kata, I am from Sierra Leone. i am an orphan being that i=
lost my mother at a very tender age and my father Mr Kata who was serving=
as director of the Cocoa exporting board in Abidjan, Ivory Coast until hi=
s death, He died on the 1st October (2004) by some undisclosed people who =
i greatly suspect to be his business associates through food poison. Befor=
e the death of my father, he deposited the sum of $10 Million USA Dollars =
in a Bank / Finance House and he left an instruction that the money is str=
ictly for investments abroard and be given to me when i am upto 25 years o=
r above because it is an agreement that my late father signed with the ban=
k and used me as his next of kin because i am his only child.=20
Because of the hostile behaviour of my fathers brothers, and there consta=
nt threats to kill me, i had to run away , and it was on these situation t=
hat i contacted you. My father's brothers have taken my father's car, and =
our house and because they my elders, there was nothing i could do than to=
run for my dear life because i did not want them to also take the fund de=
posit documents. i decided to make haste to see that these money is transf=
ered to your account in your country so that i can leave these country bef=
ore something bad happens to me.
I want you to do me a favour to assist me transfer the money to your coun=
try as my Guardian and Investor, and also you will assist me travel to you=
r country and continue my education. i have plans to do investment in your=
country, like real estate and industrial production. This is my reason fo=
r writing to you.=20
Please if you are willing to assist me, kindly contact me by replying to =
my email to you and give me your full name, address, telephone, fax number=
s and profession, so that i will have more confidence in you and i shall g=
ive you the contact of the bank where my father deposited the money and al=
so the deposit documents. i have mapped out 60% for myself, 25% for your c=
ordial assistance and 10% for charity homes like the less priviledged beca=
use that was the vow i made to God and 5% for any expenses incured by you =
in therms of this transaction maybe through telephone calls, sending email=
s, transportaion etc .
Finally if you have any question as regards this transaction, please dont=
fail to ask me. Please note that the confidentiality of this transaction =
would be highly appreicated.=20
Thanks and God bless you.
Eric Kata.

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