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: "from miss lara" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 16:38:44 +0100
In view of my difficulties and problems in this country, I'm so pleased to have found someone like you in whom I can confide or at least talk to. My name is lara mark, a Liberian. I am here in Senegal as a refugee. I arrived here a year ago during the peak of our national crises (civil war) My father,mark john was a military personel in the rebel camp. While serving in the Army, he deposited the sum of seven million one Hundred thousand USD cash($ 7.1 million us dollars cash) to my mother for my life inheritance.In a prime bank here in Dakar Senegal.
He (my father) drowned in a river while attempting to cross during a battle with the government troops. I'm using this opportunity pleading for you to help me retrieve this money and transfer it into your account pending when I will come over to your country for investment. You will be compensated for all your efforts in actuallising this transaction with 15 percent of the total sun involved.
I expect your response immediately you receive this proposal.
I wait to hear from you soon through this email (firstname.lastname@example.org)