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: BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 23:50:39 +0000
Subject: Ref: BEEN SCAMMED..URGENT
Metro Plaza, Plot 991/992
Cadastral Zone AO,
TEL: +234 42 300691
High Commission in Nigeria,Benin Republic,Ghana and
Bokinafaso received a report of scam against you and other British/US citizens
and Malaysia Etc. The countries of Nigeria Benin Republic, Bokinafaso and Ghana
have recompensed you following the meeting held with the Four countries'
Government and various countries' high commission for the fraudulent activities
carried out by the Four countries' Citizens. Your name was among those scammed
as listed by the Nigeria Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU).A Compensation has
been issued out to all the affected victims and has been already in endorsement
to all the victims. Yours was among those that was reported unpaid as at on
Friday and we wish to advise you to see to the instructions of the Committee to
make sure you receive your compensation immediately.
We advise that you do the needful to make sure the NFIU endorse
your payment on Monday. Contact the office of the consular for an advise on how
your recompense will be effected to you email@example.com
. Be advised that you should stop further contacts with all the
fake lawyers and security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Contact
immediately to check if the endorsement date suits you.
Robert Scott Dewar