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.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "Agnes Cole" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 20:26:28 +0200
Subject: GOOD NEWS FROM MRS AGNES AND CONTACT IMPEX COURIER NOW
GOOD NEWS FROM MRS AGNES AND CONTACT IMPEX COURIER NOW
Dear Friend ,
It has been long we communicate last, am so sorry for the delay, I want to
Inform you that your confirmable cheque of (USD$1.2Million ($1200.000.00)
Which my boss asked me to mail to you as soon as you requested it, is still
But due to some minure issue you fails to respond at the Approprete time,
and presently the cheque is with me here in BENIN REPUBLIC.
Though i had a new contact from a friend of mine who works with one
securitycompany here in BENIN REPUBLIC that will deliver you your cheque at
your door step with a cheeper rate, which the company said that it will cost
you the sum of $105 usd,
So you have to Contact them and register with them now.Only what you will
Contact them and send your full information such:
Your direct celphone Number,Home or Office:Address to Avoid wrong Delivery,
You should also tell the Company to give you the Information and how you
will send them the Delivery fee ($105 usd) Immediately you Contact them
before the cheque USD$1.2 Million will be delivered to your Door step.
Below is the Courier Company contact address:
IMPEX SECURITY COMPANY
CONTACT PERSON: Dr Jim.V.C
Please do get back to me through MY PRIVATE E-MAIL ADDRESS (
email@example.com) as soon as you have contacted the security company
so that i can be able to submit your confirmable cheque to them immediately.
Mrs Agnes Cole,