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: "Anne JOHNSON" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 01:17:52 -0700
Subject: Dear friend,
I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund Now, I
want you to contact my secretary on the information below.
NAME :Mr.Gary Mark
Ask him to send you the total sum of 2.6 Million USD. (two million six
hundred thousand US dollars) in a bank draft, which I kept for your
1. FULL NAMES:____________________________________________
5. MARITAL STATUS:________________________________________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS:_________________________________________
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER_________________________
10. BREIF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL:_______________