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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Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 18:01:47 +0600 (IST)
Subject: ATTEND TO THIS
First and foremost, I apologize using this medium to reach you for a transaction of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and prompts access reposed on this medium. It is a delight to have your esteemed contact, hence my pleasure to inform you that I am James Barney, 59yrs old Public servant and presently due for retirement as a director in a government para-statals here in Senegal.
The object of this introduction is to seek your interest in a confidential fund transaction that will involve your participation as a sub-contractor in our ministry. I will give you more details of the program as soon as I receive your positive response and will be ready to share proceeds with you 30/70 since our mutual commitment is imperative to achieve the desired success.
Ensure that you include your direct access telephone and fax numbers for further communication. Please ensure that you send your response to email@example.com for confidential reasons.
My warm regards to your family