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: abel manuche <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 07:46:23 +0000
Subject: READ VERY CAREFULLY AND REPLY
FROM MR ABEL MANUCHE.
OUGADOGUE BURKINA FASO.
I AM THE ABOVE MENTIONED PERSON.HAVING NOT MET YOU IN PERSON,I KNOW YOU WILLBE SURPRISED TO RECEIVE THIS MAIL. BUT NEED NOT TO WORRY AS I AM USING THE ONLYSECURED AND CONFIDENTIAL MEDIUM AVAILABLE TO SEEK FOR YOUR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE INA BUSINESS.
I AM CONTACTING YOU INDEPENDENTLY OF MY INVESTIGATION AND NO ONE IS INFORMED OF THIS COMMUNICATION. I NEED YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN
TRANSFERRING THE SUM OF ($23.7M US DOLLARS)IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR PRIVATE ACCOUNT.
THE MONEY HAS BEEN HERE IN OUR BANK LYING DORMANT FOR NINE GOOD YEARS NOW WITHOUT ANYBODY COMING FOR THE CLAIM OF IT.
I WANT TO RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOU AS THE NEAREST PERSON THAT IS NEXT OF KIN TOOUR DECEASED CUSTOMER (THE ACCOUNT OWNER) ROBINSON DAVID MARSHAL OF SWIZERLANDWHO DIED A LONG WITH HIS SUPPOSED NEXT OF KIN SINCE AUGUST 2000.
THE BANKING ETHICS HERE DOES NOT ALLOW SUCH MONEY TO STAY MORE THAN 10 YEARS,BECAUSE THE MONEY WILL BE RECALLED TO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUND.
UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR REPLY, INDICATING YOUR INTEREST IN THIS TRANSACTION, IWILL SEND YOU FULL DETAILS ON HOW THE BUSINESS WILL BE EXECUTED. PLEASE KEEPTHIS PROPOSAL AS A TOP SECRET AND DELETE IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED.TRUSTING TO HEAR FROM YOU IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR INFORMATIONS.
1. FULL NAME
2. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER AND FAX NUMBER
3. YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS.