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: Blake williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 01:02:15 +0900 (JST)
WE HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED BY THE NEWLY
APPOINTED UN SECRETARY GENERAL,TO OFFICIALLY
INFORM YOU THAT AN ATM CARD WITH A FUND WORTH
$5.5M HAS BEEN ACCREDITED IN YOUR FAVOUR AS
YOUR INHERITANCE FUND,PLEASE CONTACT THE
- Blake williams