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: "Dr. Bright Jackson" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 02:56:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: URGENT RELEASE OF YOUR INHERITANCE FUND VIA ATM SWIFT CARD!!
It was Resolved by the Nigerian Government that your Contract/Inheritance Payment funds Must be Released to you via a New Implemented Method tagged "ATM SWIFT CARD".
You are to Re-confirm your Fullname,Address,Phone #,Age,Occupation and your Next of kin to claim your funds.
- Dr. Bright Jackson