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: MR SAEED AHMED <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:52:03 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FOR CHARITY
My name is Saeed Ahmed a merchant in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer.I will want you to help me collect a huge cash deposit of $60M that I have with Security Company abroad and dispatched it to charity organizations.I have set aside 50% for your time and service.
- MR SAEED AHMED