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: Harry Stephen <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 11:20:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: NEXT OF KIN
I have just be informed that you bear the same lastname as my client Mr. David who passed away recently.
My late client indicated your name as the next of kin and for two years now, l have been trying to locate anyone with the same last name, hence my contacting you.
Do get in touch with me immediately for further information, should you be the one.
Barrister Harry Stephen
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