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:
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 03:38:02 +0100
Dear Friend, Greetings!
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft worth of (usd $1.500.000.00)ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATE DOLLARS which my boss left with me before he travelled out,but I did
not hear from you since that time. Then with the help of a friend who is
manager I cashed the money and deposited it as a BOX containing African
clothes with FEDEX COURIER COMPANY PLC, Cotonou, Benin Republic.
What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY as soon
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you. For your
information, I have paid for the delivering Charge and Clearance Certificate
Fee of the package.
The only money you will send to the Courier & Security Company to deliver
your package direct to your postal Address in your country is ($85.00 US)
EIGHTY FIVE UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY, being Security Keeping Fee of the
Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other
money except $85.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no
because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
You have to contact the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY now for the delivery of your
package with this information bellow;
Contact Person: DR. PAUL OBI
Email Address: email@example.com
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm the following infomation to them again
to avoid any mistake on the Delivery.
The infomations are;
1.YOUR FULL NAME;
4.HOUSE / OFFICE PHONE NOS -
Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail
avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping
of $85.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.Do let me know immediately
you recieves your package
MR JEAN BEAL