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: "PETER OBI" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 09:27:22 +0100
Subject: NOW CONTACT MY SECRETRY
I wish to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from Japan. Now I am in Japan for
investment projects with my partner. Therefore contact my secretary in
Cotonou Benin Republic his name is;
He will send you a CERTIFIED BANK CHECK of ($800.000.00 ) compensation which
I kept for all the past efforts and attempts you made to assist me in that
transaction. Most importantly, send to him your current Contact Address and
your Telephone Numbers to enable him send you the consignment box without
Please let me know immediately you receive it so that I can share the joy
Thanks and God bless you.