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:
From: sirwilliams <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 06:16:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FARMAT SIR
Iam Mr sirwilliams,Late Mr.steve anderson deposited US$15M with a Bank before he died.I promise to give you 30% of the total funds transferred to your vital bank account as compensation for your assistance.I wait to receive your full name,contact address,tel&fax# __._,_.___