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: UNITED NATIONS PEACETROOPS IN SUDAN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 03:13:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: URGENT HELP
THIS LETTER MAY BE STRANGE TO YOU AS WE HAVE HAD NO PREVIOUS CORRESPONDENCE.MY NAME IS CAPTAIN FREDRICK DAVID, THE ASSISTANT TEAM LEADER (UN) PEACE KEEPING TROOPS IN SUDAN. WE INTEND TO AIR-LIFT (USD 20.5M),TO YOUR COUNTRY THRU DIPLOMATIC MEANS.
- UNITED NATIONS PEACETROOPS IN SUDAN