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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: "ikennanwazi0000000 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 09:41:27 -0700
Subject: THANKS FOR YOUR PAST EFFORT
I am Dr Iyke Nna and I am very happy to inform you about my success in
getting that fund transferred. Now I want you to contact my secretary on his
email address below and receive your compensation of $1.2m from him:
Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information:
Your full name_________________________
Your Phone number______________________
Note that if you did not send him the above information complete, he will
not release the cheque to you because he has to be sure that it isyou. Ask
him to send you the total sum of ($1.2m )USD CASHIER'S CHEQUE which I kept
for you. Note also that I will not be reached by email orphone for now
because I am currently away in Japan for investment purpose with my share
and I will be busy till about six months.