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: "joseph benjamin" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008 01:54:20 +0000
Subject: INVESTMENT FUDS TRANSFER
I WRITE TO REQUEST FOR YOUR HONEST LEGITIMATE ASSISTANCE IN THIS
TRANSACTION. MY NAME IS HON.JOESPH BENJAMIN, A PhD HOLDER IN
I WORK WITH MY COUNTRY'S HIGH COMMISSION OFFICE HERE IN LONDON AS THE SENIOR
SPECIAL ASSISTANT.I HAVE IN MY POSSESSION THE SUM OF $50.5M USD. (FIFTY
MILLION,FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) FOR INVESTMENT.
I NEED YOUR QUICK ASSISTANCE AS A LEGITIMATE FOREIGNER TO STAND AS THE
BENEFICIARY/RECEIVER OF THE FUND INTO YOUR COMPANY OR PRIVATE ACCOUNT.
PLEASE CONTACT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THROUGH MY PRIVATE EMAIL FOR FURTHER
DETAILS; PHONE; +447045773547.
HON.JOSEPH BENJAMIN (Ph.D)