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: "Mr. Carl Allison Allison" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 19:00:35 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: DEAR WINNER
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR MAIL. WE HAVE BEEN MAKING NECESSARY VERIFICATION CONCERNING YOUR PRIZE AWARD. WE ARE HAPPY TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR AWARD HAVE FINALLY BEEN CONFIRM FOR PAYMENT. YOU ARE HEREBY REQUIRED TO PAY THE SUM OF 595 POUNDS OR THE EQUIVALENT IN US DOLLARS OR YOUR LOCAL CURRENCY TO ENABLE US PROCESS AND EFFECT THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF YOUR FUNDS.
REFER THE PAYMENT VIA WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER TO THE ADDRESS BELOW:
NAME: MICHAEL GRAM
ADDRESS: LONDON UK.
595.00 GBP = 1,155.36 USD United Kingdom Pounds
United States Dollars
1 GBP = 1.94179 USD
1 USD = 0.514990 GBP
SEND RECEIPT/INFORMATION OF PAYMENT TO THIS MAIL AS SOON AS PAYMENT IS MADE TO ENABLE US COMMENCE THE PROCESSING AND PAYMENT OF YOUR FUNDS. YOUR FUNDS WILL BE TRANSFER TO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF CONFIRMATION OF YOUR PAYMENT. WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.
MR CARL ALLISON
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