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: "John Alison" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 04:13:05 -0800
Subject: MR. JOHN ALISON
I KNOW THIS WILL COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE BECAUSE
YOU DO NOT KNOW ME . I AM JOHN ALISON, I WORK IN THE
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, PACKAGING AND COURIER
DEPARTMENT. I GOT YOUR CONTACT IN MY SEARCH FOR A
HONEST PERSON AND SOME ONE I COULD TRUST. CAN I TRUST YOU.
I WANT YOU TO HELP ME CLEAR THIS PACKAGE THAT IS
ALREADY IN EUROPE WHICH I SHIPPED THROUGH OUR CBN
ACCREDITED COURIER AGENT BUT THE CONTENTS OF THE
PACKAGE IS $20,000,000.00 ALL IN $100.00 BILLS, BUT
THE COURIER COMPANY DOES NOT KNOW THAT IT IS MONEY
THAT I HAVE IN THE PACKAGE
ALL I WANT YOU TO DO FOR ME NOW IS THIS GIVE ME YOUR
MAILING ADDRESS, YOUR PRIVATE PHONE AND FAX, AND I
HOPE THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU WILL HAVE 30%
AND 70% WILL BE FOR ME . MY IDENTITY MUST NOT BE
REVEALED TO ANYBODY. IF THIS ARRANGEMENT IS OKAY BY
YOU CAN CALL OR E-MAIL ME FOR SECURITY REASONS OTHER
MODALITIES WILL BE DISCUSSED AS SOON AS YOU GET BACK
TO ME INCLUDING SENDING OF THE KEYS TO THE BOXES TO
NOTE: COMMUNICATION SHOULD BE STRICTLY THROUGH MY PRIVATE
EMAIL FOR SECURITY REASONS.(firstname.lastname@example.org)
MR. JOHN ALISON
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