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: "=?iso-8859-1?q?Mr.Eric=20Howard?=" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 07:01:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: URGENT AND YOUR REPLY IS APPRECIATED
¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a: firstname.lastname@example.org
I CONTACT YOU IN REGARDS TO YOUR INHERITANCE (US$12.6M) WILLED TO YOU BY LATE ENGR.SCOTT
- Mr.Eric Howard