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: "Mr.Frank Oputa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 11:12:32 -0800 (PST)
Dear belove friend,
This is to inform you about my success in getting
that fund now, I want you to contact my secretary on the information bellow.
Name of my secretary Mr.Cosmcs Oya
Tele phone +229-9313-4867
EMAIL;( email@example.com )
Ask him to send you the total sum of $950,000.00 dollars in A CASHIER'S
CHEQUE, which I kept for your compensation. CONTACT MY SECRETARY now for