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: earthlingtrust bank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 09:00:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: RELEASE ORDER
FROM EARTHLING TRUST BANK PLC
RE- THE US$10.8 MILLION DOLLARS CREDIT IN YOUR FAVOUR:
WE ARE WRITING TO INFORM YOU ABOUT THE PAYMENT OF THE SUM OF US$10.8 MILLION DOLLARS IN YOUR FAVOUR. WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR INFORMATION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE OUTSTANDING FUND IN OUR OFFICE EARTHLING TRUST BANK PLC. MAY I INFORM YOU THAT AFTER OUR RESEARCH,
WE FINALLY RESOLVED THAT YOU ARE THE RIGHTFUL OWNER OF THE SUM OF ($10.8MILLION) TEN MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS. THIS MONEY WAS DEPOSITED BY ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND A NATIONALE OF YOUR COUNTRY. TO EFFECT YOUR PAYMENT, YOU ARE REQUESTED TO CONFIRM THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. CONTACT ADDRESS
3. YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION OR, LET US KNOW WHETHER YOU PREFER A CERTIFIED BANK CHECK ISSUED IN YOUR NAME.
4. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
UPON RECEIPT OF THE ABOVE REQUESTED INFORMATION FROM YOU, WE WILL TRANSFER YOUR FUND TO YOU WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. WE ONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATE YOU.
NOTE: CONTACT OUR BANK THROUGH THIS e-mail: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
(DIRECTOR, FOREIGN PAYMENTS).
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