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: "UNITED NATION" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2008 01:22:23 -0700
Subject: SCAMMED VICTIM/ US$ 500,000,00 BENEFICIARY.REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654
SCAMMED VICTIM/ US$ 500,000,00 BENEFICIARY.REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654
[image: KOFI A. ANNAN of Ghana , the seventh Secretary-General of the United
*FIDELITY BANK COMPENSATION UNIT, IN AFFILIATION WITH THE UNITED NATION.
Send acopy of your response to official email:* email@example.com
*How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?,You may not
understand why this mail came to you.
We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago
with the former secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.
This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the
world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$
500,000,00 This includes every foriegn contractors that may have not
received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished
transaction or international businesses that failed due to
Government problems etc.
We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this
have been agreed upon and have been signed.
You are advised to contact Mr. FRANK JOHN of FIDELITY BANK PLC, as he is our
representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/
International Bank Draft of USD$ 500,000,00 This funds are in a Bank Draft
for security purpose ok? so he will send it to you and you can clear it in
any bank of your choice.
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your
correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.
Conatct Mr. FRANK JOHN immediately for your Cheque:
Person to Contact Mr. FRANK JOHN
* Fax +234-1-7592986.*
*Furthermore, you are advised to call the Director General of international
remittance department of Fidelity Bank plc here in Nigeria for propper
receivable instruction because their must be need of those conduct before
your cheque will be released. *
*As soon as he speaks with you, all transfer will be affected. Funds cannot
be transferred without an oral confirmation with your personality. This is
to avoid any error in transfer. Feel free to communicate with him regarding
Adhere strictly to the above instruction with immediate effect; this is for
your best interest.*
*Note: We mount network on air so we are monitoring every in coming calls,
if we found out that you are communicating with all those fraudsters that is
frustrating the good citizens we have to council your payment.*
*Thanks and God bless you and your family.Hoping to hear from you as soon as
you cash your cheque.
Making the world a better place
Mr. Kofi Anan
Former Secretary (UNITED NATIONS).*