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: "MRS MARY ABU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 2004 12:32:32 +0000
Subject: PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT
GURANTEE TRUST BANK OF NIGERIA
I AM MRS.ABU MARY THE SECRETARY TO THE DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN REMITTANCE
GUARANTEE TRUST BANK OF NIGERIA.
I WAS DIRECTED TO INQUIRE FROM YOU IF YOU CAN HANDLE THIS TRANSACTION
ON BEHALF OF MY BOSS AND HIS DEVOTED COLLEAGUES.
THE TRANSACTION IS ABOUT ASSISTING US AS OUR FORIEGN COUNTERPART TO
ENABLE US PRESENT YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THE USD$21MILLION DOLLARS LEFT
BY OUR LATE DECEASED FORIGN CUSTOMER SINCE JANUARY 2002. THE FUND IS
CURRENTLY IN A SUSPENCE ACCOUNT AWAITING FOR CLAIM.
WE WILL GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE TRANSACTION WHEN WE RECIEVE
YOUR AFFIRMATIVE RESPONSE.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.