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: DIPLOMAT AUSTIN SMITH <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 05:00:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I AM HERE WITH YOUR PACKAGE
I am Diplomat Austin Smith from London-UK,I just arrived Houston-Texas Airport with your Consignment worth US$7.5M as your Inheritance funds.Respond with your full contact home or office address,direct phone number to avoid wrongful delivery.
- DIPLOMAT AUSTIN SMITH