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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Fraud email example:
From: "GWADAMA MUSA" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 05:37:20 -0700
Subject: BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
STANDARD TRUST BANK PLC
First, I must apologize to you for using this medium to communicate about this transaction,
though it is my great pleasure in writing you this proposal.
I want to transfer to an overseas A/C the sum of (26,000.000.00 USD) Twenty Six Million United States Dollars)
from my Bank here in Nigeria, I am reliably and honestly seeking your assistance to handle this transaction with me .
Your existing bank account, to set up a new Bank A/C immediately to receive this fund or an empty A/C can serve to
receive this money, as long as you will remain honest and confidential to me till the end of the transaction.
But if you know that you can assist/interested in the deal, I am trusting in you and believing in God that you
will never let me down either now or in future.
I am GWADAMA MUSA the Manager of STANDARD TRUST BANK PLC here in Nigeria the manager in charge
of auditing and accounting section of a Bank. Now during the course of auditing, I discovered a floating
fund in an account opened in my bank in the year 2000. And since then nobody has operated on this account again,
after going through old files I discovered that the owner of the account died without a next of kin who will be the
beneficiary of this said fund.
The owner of this account is MR CHRIS MARCO, a British Oil consultant with
SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY here in Nigeria. And he died in an auto crash along
Port Harcourt Abuja expressway, from my investigation no other person knows about this account or any
thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary. Be informed that this fund can only be claimed through a
legal process and all the document are with me and shall be documented by both parties as regards this transaction.
We will start the first transfer with Six Million [USD6, 000.000] upon successful transaction without any
disappointment from your side; we shall re-apply for the transfer of the remaining amount to your account.
However, we will sign a binding agreement, to bind us together that you will never let me down in this business.
With my influence as the branch manager of the bank we can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable
account, which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending my
arrival to your country for sharing.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 30% of the total amount, 65% will be for me,
while 5% will be for miscellaneous expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring.
Well you can E-mail through my private box: email@example.com
Looking forward and hoping to hear from you soon.