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:
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 22:24:03 +0000
Subject: Urgent Reply
Do not be surprise to receive the message. I do hope all is well with you
and your family? Nonetheless, I write to let you know that I have been
assigned as a Branch Manager of my Bank here in the Accra District, as such
I have a new arrangement which will aid us accomplish a financial
transaction, which I have used my position as the branch manager to package
for our mutual benefit.
Nonetheless, I would like you to confirm your direct telephone number, so as
to enable me call you and update you on how best we can accomplish this
transaction without further delay.
Do get back to me ASAP you get hold of this email in confirmation of your
direct mobile telephone number.
Do reply me to this only: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best regards and my sincere regards to your beloved family.