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:
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008 01:50:34 +0000
Subject: Greetings to you with love
NOTE= DIRECT YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FOR SAKE OF CONFIDENTIALITY
[ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
EMAIL=[ email@example.com ]
MY NAME IS NAILAH COLEMAN UNDERGOING MEDICAL TREATMENT IN BEDFORD HOSPITAL,MTHATHA, EASTERN CAPE. SOUTH
AFRICA. I AM MARRIED TO DR.ROBERT COLEMAN WHO WORKED WITH BRITISH JUDICAL COMMISSION IN ENGLAND.WE WERE
MARRIED FOR FIFTEEN YEARS WITHOUT A CHILD. BEFORE HIS DEATH ON THE 5TH OF JULY 2004.HE MADE A VOW TO USE HIS
WEALTH FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGED.HE DEPOSITED THE SUM OF 3.5 MILLION POUNDS WITH ONE SECURITY COMPANY IN
EUROPE.PRESENTLY, HIS MONEY IS STILL WITH THE COMPANY.RECENTLY, MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT I WILL NOT LAST FOR
THE NEXT 4 MONTHS DUE TO A RARE FORM OF CANCER OF THEPANCREAS BUT WHAT DISTURBS ME MOST IS MY STROKE.I
HAVE DECIDED TO DONATE THIS FUNDS TO A GOD FEARING PERSON WHO WILL UTILISE IT AS MY HUSBAND WISHED.