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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: JEFF <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 23:03:46 +0200
Subject: YOUR HELP IS NEEDED.
I AM ALAHAJI JUBRIL OF THE AUDIT DEPARTMENT OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF
I WOULD LIKE THIS INFORMATION TO BE TREATED SECRETLY AND IF YOU ARE NOT
INTRESTED JUST LET ME KNOW SO I CAN ASK SOMEONE ESLE. YOU CAN SEND ME
AM EMAIL AT email@example.com
MAY BE YOU MUST HAVE HEARD OF A NIGERIA GOVERNOR THAT WAS ARRESTED IN
LONDON. IT IS BECAUSE HE WANTED TO DO IT ALONE THAT IS WHY HE GOT
HIMSELF INTO TRUOBLE. I GARANTE YOU THAT THERE WILL BE NO PROBLEM IF YOU
THERE IS AN AMOUNT OF MONEY IN AN ACCOUNT 6,000,000 USD (SIX MILLION
DOLLARS) THAT IS SUPPOSE TO BE USE FOR A STATE PROJECT THAT IS THERE
AND NOBODY KNOW EXCEPT ME AND MY BOSS KNOWS.
THERE ARE MORE OF THIS KIND OF MONEY THAT THE GOVERNORS ARE TAKING DUE
TO THE HIGH PRICE OF CRUDE OIL AND SOME ARE FORGETTEN.
SO LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTRESTED SO I CAN TELL YOU THE TERMS OF
AGREEMENT ALL WE NEED FROM YOU IS AN EMPTY BANK ACCOUNT THAT WE CAN
TRANSFAR THE MONEY TO.
FOR PROOF THIS IS A NEWSPAPER REPORT ON THE ISSUE. THERE ARE MANY MORE
OF THIS KIND OF REPORT.