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: "investment investment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 07:42:35 -0600
Subject: CONTRACT SUM.
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR FUNDS ARE READY FOR DELIVERY,PLEASE KINDLY
RECONFIRM TO US YOUR FULL NAME, CONTRACT SUM,CONTRACT DOCUMENT,DIRECT PHONE
AND FAX NUMBERS .
DR LARRY GRAHAMS.
INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT MANAGER.