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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: Everest Izukwu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 06:03:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION.
I HAVE READ YOUR MAIL, AND AM NOT HAPPY AT WHAT HAPPENED, IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR CHEQUE MUST HAVE BEEN DUELY SIGNED THIS OFFICE WILL HAVE TO TAKE APPRORIATE MEASURES FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF THIS BEHAVIOUR.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO AS THE SENDER IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IS SENT DIRECTLY TO ME AND NOT TO ANYONE OF THEM AND I WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE SECURITY MEN ALSO GOES WITH THEM TO RECIEVE THE MONEY.
THE PUNISHMENT WOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE IMMEDIATELY BUT FOR THE DEATH OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MRS AMANYEBO, THE NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE WILL BE SWORN IN BY THE 29TH OF THIS MONTH WHEN THIS MATTER WILL BE TABLED BEFORE HIM, BUT FIRST LETS TRY PROCESSING YOUR DRAFT CHEQUE AT ONCE.
DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MONEY IS CLEARED FOR PAYMENT BEFORE THE NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE IS SWORN IN TO AVOID CHANGE OF FILE OF DR. TZEE.
Pastor Robert Ised <email@example.com> wrote:
Dear Mr Izukwu,
It does not matter that they both work for you thwt have breached the rules of Moneyxfer. The outcome of which I am not yet aware of. I will let you know when I know.
The incompetence was theirs, not mine!
Pastor Robert Ised
On 8/25/06, Everest Izukwu <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: PASTOR ROBERT,
YOU YOURSELF SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME THE PROBLEM AND WHAT HAPPENED, I HAVE WAITED FOR YOUR MAIL REGARDING THE LAST MAIL I SENT YOU.
I HAVE TO SUMMON THE SECRETARY AND THE CLAIMS INSPECTOR AS I KNOW BY LOOKING AT THEM THERE WAS A PROBLEM AND WAS INFORMED THAT MR. NELSON SENT YOU THE INFORMATION WHICH WAS FOR MR. JALMET AND YOU HAVE DECIDED TO FIND OUT WHY.
AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE THE MONEY WAS TO BE RECIEVED BY THE TWO OF THEM, I WOULD HAVE BEEN MAD WITH THEM IF IT WERE SOMETHING ELSE BUT REALIZING THAT BOTH OF THEM SHARE THE SAME INFORMATION UNDER THE SAME COMPANY SHOULD NOT HAVE LED TO YOU NOT SENDING WHAT THEY REQUIRED TO GET THE MONEY OR NOT TELLING ME AS THE DIRECTOR.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SEND ME ANY INFORMATION MEANT FOR ANY OF THEM NOW SO THAT THEY CAN GO AND GET THE MONEY FOR THE DRAFT CHEQUE TO BE PREPARED AND SENT TO YOU, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME YOU ARE SENDING MONEY AND YOU SHOULD NOT ALLOW THIS LITTLE INCOMPETENCY ON THEIR SIDE TO AFFECT THE LAST PART OF YOU RECIEVEING THE CHEQUE FOR USAGE AS DIRECTED BY DR. TZEE WHO IS NOW RECUPERRATING FROM HIS LAST SURGERY.
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