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: "STEVE BELLO" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 06:42:35 +0000
NOTE:PLEASE REPLY TO MY PRIVATE
I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction. sir I get your contact from a member of this your sit.I wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.
I have seven million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD($7.500,000) to invest in the transaction and I will require your assistance in receiving the funds in your account in your country.
I will gladly give you 20% of the total sum for your assistance.please it is important you contact me immediately on my private
for further explanation.Awaiting your immediate
response and God bless.