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: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 06:03:16 +0000
Subject: Ref: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION
Metro Plaza, Plot 991/992
Zakari Maimalari Street
Cadastral Zone AO,
Central Business District, Abuja.
TEL: +234 806 8936254
The BRITISH High Commission
in Nigeria,Benin Republic,Ghana and Bukina faso received a report of
scam against you and other British/US citizens and Malaysia Etc. The
countries of Nigeria Benin Republic, Bukina faso
and Ghana have recompensed you following the meeting held with the Four
countries' Government and various countries' high commission for the
fraudulent activities carried out by the Four countries' Citizens. Your
name was among those scammed as listed by the Nigeria Financial
Intelligent Unit (NFIU).A Compensation has been issued out to all the
affected victims and has been already in endorsement to all the
victims. Yours was among those that was reported unpaid as at on Friday
and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee
to make sure you receive your compensation immediately.
We advise that you do the needful to make
sure the NFIU endorse your payment on Monday. Contact the office of the
consular for an advise on how your recompense will be effected to you
email@example.com. Be advised that you should stop further
contacts with all the fake lawyers and security companies who in
collaboration scammed you. furnish us with the following details to
satisfy you for the recompensation.
Contact immediately to check if the endorsement date suits you.
Yours in Service,
Mr. Robert Scott Dewar