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: David Mark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:14:41 +0000
Subject: YOUR ATM PAYMENT
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT,
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
ATTENTION: CATEGORY "A" BENEFICIARY.
THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR
CONTRACT/ INHERITANCE FILE AND FOUND OUT THAT YOUR AMONG THE
LUCKY WINNERS OF THE ATM SWEEPTAKE AND WHY YOU HAVE
NOT RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FULFILLED
THE OBLIGATIONS GIVEN TO YOU IN RESPECT OF YOUR
ATM SWEEPTAKE AND CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT.
1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
3. ADDRESS WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE THE ATM CARD.
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
KINDLY CONTACT THIS OFFICE, THE ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT(CBN).
ACCOUNT OFFICER DR. AKINSOLA AKINFEMIWA,
SKYE BANK PLC
THIS OFFICE HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT ATMCARD VALUED
$5,500,000.00 AS INITIAL PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2008.
NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUE YOU OUR CODE
OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (ATM-Y2K6) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS
CODE WHEN CONTACTING THIS OFFICE BY USING IT AS YOUR
SUBJECT.NOTE ANY ATM CARD YOU RECEIVED WITHOUT THE PICTURE
OF OUR DIRECTOR ON THE CARD IS SCAM.
DO REPLY US ON :email@example.com
ALHAJI MUSA BELLO