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: usman yahaya <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 10:28:18 +0000
MY NAME IS USMAN YAHAYA, THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TULLOW OIL & GAS PLC,A MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATION OPERATING IN LONDON, ENGLAND.I AM SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE TO MOVE OUT THE SUM OF FIFTEENMILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($15.5M) INTO A SAFE PLACE/HANDOR TO A TRUSTWORTHY PERSON.THIS MONEY WAS ACQUIRED FROM THE COMPANY AND I WANT TO MOVE IT OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR MY PRIVATE INVESTMENT SUCH AS IN REAL ESTATE AND OTHERLUCRATIVE BUSINESS WHICH YOU MAY SUGGEST. MY REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN CHEATED OUT OF MY ENTITLEMENTS BY THE COMPANY FOR FAR TOO LONG.I WILL BE LEAVING THE COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY THE MONEY HAS BEEN MOVED OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND I HAVE VOWED NEVER TO STEP BACK INTO ENGLAND.PLEASE, I NEED YOUR URGENT RESPONSE BEFORE MY PLANS TO LEAVE THE COMPANY IS DISCOVERED.RIGHT NOW THE SAFEST FORM OF CORRESPONDENCE IS THROUGHMY OWN E-MAIL ADDRESS,PLEASE IN THE INTEREST OF CONFIDENTIALITY ONLY REPLY THROUGH MY DIRECT EMAIL ADDRESS (firstname.lastname@example.orgREPLY ALONG WITH YOUR PERSONAL TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER WHERE I CAN REACHYOU. AND FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE/HELP, I HAVE RESOLVED TO OFFER 20% OF THETOTAL SUM TO YOU.BEST REGARDS,USMAN YAHAYATULLOW OIL PLC.LONDON W1S 3AR, ENGLANDUNITED KINGDOM.email@example.com
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