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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: Martin Mase <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 04:11:09 +0000
Subject: (Directly addressed to you) Ref : ABY/NRI-ACCT/7878256589/04
Ref : ABY/NRI-ACCT/7878256589/04 My Name is Mr.Martin Mase . I am the auditor and head of computing department in my bank here in United Kingdom . There is an account opened in this bank in 2003 and since my inception into office in 2nd Jan. 2009 ,I then found this account and tried to investigate deeply to contact the assigned next of kin. I found out that the next of kin to this account an american lived in London for over 63Yrs and he is nowhere to be found and nobody has operated on this account again since 2004. I took the courage to look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable for this important transaction. In order to transfer out $100,000,000 (One Hundred Million U.S Dollars) deposited on the account After going through some old files, I discovered that if I do not Remit this money out urgently,it will be forfeited for nothing and the Bank management might confiscate this account. Please respond immediately, I will use my position and influence to effect the legal approval and onward transfer of this fund into your account with appropriate clearance from foreign payment department. You will stand to get 40% while 60% will be for me.Kindly quote the reference (acct) numbers above when responding to this mail . I will fill you in with further details upon your reply . Reply to my alternative email: email@example.com Sincerely yours,Mr.Martin Mase.Tel : + 44 702 403 7845