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: "DEPT OFFIC" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:32:04 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,
I'm tired of keeping your $1,5M Dollars Certified Bank CHEQUE in my office.
I have deposited the $1,5M Certified Bank Cheque with Dhl office here in
Benin Republic, because am traveling to Paraguay this night for urgent
massage and will not come back till next four month, for this rising I can't
keep the cheque any more.
Contact the Dhl office in Benin on this email: (firstname.lastname@example.org )
with your full delivery address and phone number for easy delivery of your
$1,5M United State Dollars Certified Bank Cheque.
I wish you Good Luck as you contact them through this email address:
DR JOHNSON WILLIAMS