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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Fraud email example:
From: "MR MENSAH" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 19:40:45 -0800
Subject: YOUR RESPONSE.
I AM A SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR WITH THE BANK OF GHANA, THERE IS PAYMENT DUE SOME CONTRACTOR FOR THE SUPPLYING OF ELECTIONEERING MATEIALS FOR THE JUST CONCLUDED VOTERS REGISTRATION EXERCISE, THE CONTRACT WAS OVER VALUED AND THERE ARE SOME FICTITIOUS CLAIMS, WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE THE CONTRACTOR WHO WAS SUPOSED TO A FOREIGN COMPANY, SO WHAT I NEED NOW IS SOMEONE WHO CAN CLAIM THI OVER INVOICE AND FICTITIOUS CLAAIM. THE TOTAL AMOUNT INVULVED IS $4.8USD (FOUR MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS). WE SHAL GIVE YOU 20% FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND ANOTHER 10% FOR ANY EXPENSIS INCURED.
I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.
BANK OF GHANA.