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: "JAMES ASARE" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 15:38:20 +0000
Subject: RE:PROPER ATTENTION
MY NAME IS JAMES ASARE THE SON OF DR.AMOS KWAME ASARE FORMAL MINISTER OF MAILS AND
RESOURCES GHANA. PRESENTLY MY FATHER IS IN THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE IS UNDER GOING TREATMENT
FOR ESOPHAGEAL CANCER. HE HAS LOST ABILITY TO TALK AND THE DOCTORS HAVE TOLD ME THAT HE
MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE THIS ILLNESS FROM ALL INDICATIONS AND THE PROBE THE GOVERNMENT
IS TRYING TO MAP ON HIM.
I JAMES ASARE ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY, AM PLEADING TO YOU IF YOU WILL BE HONEST, TRUTHFUL AND
SINCERE ASSURE ME THAT YOU WILL NOT LET ME DOWN IN FUTURE OR IN ANY WAY TO HELP ME TRANSFER
A SUM OF $2.6 MILLION US DOLLARS (TWO MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S.DOLLARS) SAVED BY MY
FATHER IN FINANCE/SECURITY COMPANY IN MY COUNTRY TO YOUR COUNTRY OR ANY SAVED FOREIGN
COUNTRY THAT WE CAN INVEST ON IT.
PLEASE GIVE PROPER ATTENTION TO THIS EMAIL AND LET ME KNOW YOUR RESPOND THROUGH YOUR
REPLY.THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU.
FOR THE FAMILY.