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: "mark george" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 19:25:56 -0700
Subject: RE: REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS TRANSACTION:
* RE: REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS TRANSACTION:*
I am enchanted using this tremendous opportunity to converse with you in
this medium of communication. I am Mr. Mark George Finance Director of
Danske Bank here in United Kingdom. I am contacting you for a possible
business transfer worth £35.7Million Pounds Starling's. I am using this
moment to give you the cognizance and also to seek your assistance to this
I got your contact over the internet because it is the fastest means to get
in touch with a foreigner abroad. It will be my interest to finish this
transaction with you hoping that you will not cheat or blackmail me at the
conclusion of this goal because I have planned it for long.
If you can be a collaborator to this transaction, please indicate your
positive interest immediately for us to proceed. Remember this is absolutely
confidential because my Bank does not know about it.
For the confidentiality of this transaction kindly reply using:
Your contact phone numbers and address will be necessary for this effect.
Thank you for your time and attention.