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: "david taylor" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 18:26:36
Subject: business proposal
From David Taylor
My Name is David Taylor, I work in a bank, I seek your assistance in moving the sum of $4.5million US dollars into your country.
These funds are ready in account manage by me, On our agreement, I will make you beneficiary of funds in my bank and transfer funds to you.
Kindly reply via below email address for further instruction on how to proceed.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>