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: "Waziri.D Ibrahim " <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 19:54:23 -0700
I AM MR TUNDE LEMO DEPUTY GOVERNOR CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN). WE HAVE
A FLOATING (USD $35M) ACCRUED FROM OVER INVOICED CONTRACTS AWARDED TO
IN THE PAST. GET BACK THROUGH MY EMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS.
IT WILL BE (65 PERCENT FOR ME AND 35 ERCENT FOR YOU TRANSACTION). YOUR PHONE
AND FAX NUMBERS ARE IMPORTANT FOR MORE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.
REPLY MAIL TO:firstname.lastname@example.org <TO%3Awaziri2015@yahoo.com.hk>
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).