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: ronney west <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:10:40 +0100 (BST)
Subject: VERIFICATION/WINNER'S CLAIM FORM
Messenger Yahoo! Lottery Results You won £800.000! Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!
OFFICE OF THE FIDUCIARY AGENT
Attention: Mr Amoll Scher,
Congratulations once again from all the staff here.
We acknowledge your mail. To proceed on your claim validation, we will need your particulars to verify your winning.This will be required to draw up the winning papers in your name.
Please if you are not the certified owner of this email address,please do not respond as that will amount to impersonation which could lead to civil or/ a criminal proceedings against you..
Attached here is a copy of our verifications form; please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winning validation.
Please attach a recent passport photograph if available
(For identification at payment point)
VERIFICATION/WINNER'S CLAIM FORM
1. FULL NAMES:
2. DATE OF BIRTH:
4. MARITAL STATUS:
9.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
Upon receipt of the duly requested data which is to be sent via email, you will receive the contact information of the payment office to effect the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit.
Mr. Ronney west
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