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: =?UTF-8?Q?williamspeter03?= <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 15:07:18 +0200
Dear Friend,I didnot hear from you since for your Confirmable check of $1.2m USD,
which i kept for I went and deposited it with FEDEX,
so contact them.
Contact Person: Dr.Edward Sam
FAX: +229 93 188 227
I paid for the delivering Charges except their Security Keeping
Fee of $185 USD which they said no because they don't know
when you will contact them in case of demurrage.so you
are to pay the $185 as soon as you contact them.