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: "john_ibe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 03:31:33 -0600
Subject: VERY URGENT REPLY NEEDED.
Attn Justin Thyme.
What is the problem that I have not hared from you since after you told that you have received the account information? It is very important you reach me because very soon I will be traveling to Europe for an important meeting, which I dont know when I will be back.
It is good we conclude this transaction now that I am very ready to release your inheritance fund to your account in the USA. You should try to reach me before Monday the 28th of August 2006.
Just send the money and forward the payment slip to me so that I conclude your transaction now.
Thanks, for your cooperation,
Prof Charles Soludo.
Fecha:Wed, 23 Aug 2006 15:19:32 +0100
Asunto:Bank Details Received
Thank you for your bank details
I will let you know when the transfer is made and send you the transfer slip as soon as I can