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: "Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 00:59:27 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary
I am Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde the acting chairman of ECONOMICAL FINANCIAL CRIME
EFCC in alliance with economic community of West African states (ECOWAS)
with head Office here in Nigeria .
We have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists
in Western part of Africa .
With the help of United States Government and the United Nations We have
been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west
African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA
CAMEROUN AND SENEGAL LONDON) and they are all in our custody here in Lagos
We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists.
The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have
Order the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky
people around the globe.
This mail is been directed to you because your email address was found in
one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in
Nigeria. You are therefore be Compensated with $1.Million Dollars.
Who claims that they are barristers/bank officials Lottery Agents who has
money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which do
Since your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a
compensation of $1.million we have arranged your payment through our swift
card payment center, Feel free to contact Dr. Patrick Aziza the swift card
has been specially prepared it enable you withdraw your money in any ATM
machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Five Thousand Dollars
Only per day.
So you are advice to contact email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Attn:Dr. Patrick Aziza
Provide the information bellow to allow him prepare your card including your
1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER,
3. ADDRESS D.O.B ( Date Of Birth)
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. A COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT
(Acting Chairman EFCC)