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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Fraud email example:
From: =?utf-8?q?Mr=20Wright=20Godwinson?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 07:50:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: URGENT AND VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:email@example.com
I CONTACT YOU IN REGARDS TO YOUR INHERITANCE OF ($10.8MILLION) WILLED TO YOU BY LATE ENGR. EVERITT
- Mr Wright Godwinson