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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: salimata <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 01:58:07 -0800 (PST)

Dear respectful one.

My name is Rita salimata Collins 21 years old in age am the only Daughter of my late parents Mr and Mrs Robort.I.Collins.I am Native of San Padro, republic of ( Cote d'Ivoire ) My father was a highly reputable business marchant who operated in the capital of cote de ivoire during his days.

But presently, i am in cote d ivoire due to the urgent transfer i need to make and thats why i need your attention. Dear if you can only be on my shoes now, It is so sad to say that my father passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips in Oct 15 2008. Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.But God knows the truth!,and My mother died when I was just 6 years old and since then my father took me so special.

But as God may have it before his death, he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of five million,three hundred thousand United

State Dollar(USD$ 5.300,000) left in one of the leading bank here in Africa.

He further told him that he deposited the money with my name,and finally issued

a written instruction to his lawyer who he said is in possession of all the

necessary but legal documents to this fund .Pls dear I am just a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do now. I realy need an account oversea were I can transfer this funds and after the transaction i will come and live with you. This is because I have suffered alot of set backs as a result of series incessant political crisis here in cote de ivoire.

Infact dear, the death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life and i wished to invest under your care please.I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistant in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask this few questions:-

{1} Can you honestly help me?

{2} Can I completely trustYou?

{3}What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after

the money is in your account while i finalies my education?

Please,Consider this a nd get back to me as soon as


Miss Rita salimata Collins

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