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: "Barr.Steve Bolton" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 01:25:12 +0000
I am Barr.Steve Bolton.reaching you to handle an investment
portfolio.I am reaching you to assist in repatriating the funds and property
leftbehind by my late client before it will be confiscated by government and
declared unserviceable by the bank where the huge deposits were lodged.
He died intestate and every attempt to trace any member of his family has proved abortive
Do note that who you are does not matter and you will be better informed when I hear from
I want you to respond by sending:
1. Your full names
2. Tel & fax numbers
3. Complete Address
Send the above information and I will furnish you with more
information about the estate and process of transfer to you.
Barrister Steve Bolton ESQ.