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: =?utf-8?q?Mike=20Ineh?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 14:14:37 +0530 (IST)
Subject: URGENT REPLY
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- OCEANIC INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC,OZUMBA MBADIWE AVENUE,VICTORIA-ISLAND,NIGERIA.EMAIL;firstname.lastname@example.orgI AM SEEKING FOR YOUR COOPERATION TO PRESENT YOU TO MY BANK AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO LATE MR RICHARD PETERSON, A FOREIGN CONTRACTOR WITH NIGERIAN NATIONALPETROLEUM COOPERATION (NNPC):SO THAT THE SUM SIXTEEN MILLION EIGHT HUNDRENTHOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLAR (16.8MILLIONS USD) WILL BE PAY TO YOU AS THEBENEFICIARY. GET BACK TO ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL ADDRESS;email@example.com FOR DETAIL.BEST REGARDS,DR MIKE INEH