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: Mr Elias <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:15:24 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attention Please
MY NAME IS MR. ELIAS APPIAH. I AM THE REGIONAL MANAGER OF BARCLAYS BANK GHANA LTD, IN THE WESTERN REGION OF TAKORADI.
I GOT YOUR INFORMATION ON A RECENT BANK CONFERENCE WITH OTHER WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES HELD IN LOME THE CAPITAL CITY OF TOGO IN WEST AFRICA.
I WRITE YOU THIS PROPOSAL IN GOOD FAITH I AM 42 YEARS OLD MARRIED WITH TWO KIDS I AM A DEVOTED CHRISTIAN AND A MAN OF PEACE.I HAVE PACKAGED A FINANCIAL TRANSACTION THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU AND I AS THE REGIONAL MANAGER OF THE BARCLAYS BANK,
IT IS MY DUTY TO SEND IN A FINANCIAL REPORT TO MY HEAD OFFICE IN THE CAPITAL CITY ACCRA AT THE END OF EACH BUSINESS YEAR ON THE COURSE OF THE LAST YEAR 2007 BUSINESS REPORT I DISCOVERED THAT MY BRANCH IN WHICH I AM THE MANAGER MADE SEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUNSED US DOLLARS($7.5,50.M) WHICH MY HEAD OFFICE ARE NOT AWARE OF AND WILL NEVER BE AWARE OF IT.
I HAVE PLACED THIS FUNDS ON WHAT WE CALL ESCROW ACCOUNT WITH NO BENEFICIARY AS AN OFFICER OF THIS BANK I CANNOT BE DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THIS MONEY SO MY AIM OF CONTACTING YOU IS TO ASSIST ME RECEIVE THIS MONEY IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT AND GET 20% OF THE TOTAL FUNDS AS COMMISSION THERE ARE PRACTICALLY NO RISK INVOLVED IT WILL BE A BANK TO BANK TRANSFER.
ALL I NEED FROM YOU IS TO STAND AND CLAIM AS THE ORIGINAL DEPOSITOR OF THIS FUNDS WHO MADE THE DEPOSIT WITH MY BRANCH SO THAT MY HEAD OFFICE CAN ORDER THE TRANSFER TO YOUR DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT. IF YOU ACCEPT TO WORK WITH ME I WILL APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. YOU CAN REACH ME ON MY EMAIL AS APPEARED ON THIS MAIL IF YOU THINK WE CAN WORK TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN GO OVER THE DETAILS.I WILL PROVIDE MY PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS ON YOUR REQUEST.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
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