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: "merlin wayne" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 15:43:38 -1100
Subject: CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT IMMEDIATELY!
You have won that prize but you have to pay the remittance fee which is involved and that will cost you 650pounds.You are to contact your claims agent immediately on the receipt of this email with the address firstname.lastname@example.org.Hope to hear from you soon.Congratulations once again.
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