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.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "UN-HABITAT" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 06:10:17 -0500
Good Day Beneficiary,
After several attempts to reach you, I deemed it necessary and urgent
to contact you with your email address and to notify you finally about
your outstanding end of year settlement/compensation which is being
given out by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
This compensation is being made to all of you who have lost your money
through any online transactions this year or as a result of any
internet fraudulent activities that you might have previousley being
involved. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT,
is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by
the UN General Assembly to promote humanly, socially and
environmentally with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
As a result of the much fraudulent activities spreading over the
internet, the Organizing Committee of the UN-HABITAT have decided to
get details of most of the victims who were previously scammed by some
The main purpose of this Programme is to compensate every one of you
with a check sum of $500,000.00 each, to help settle all your debts and
start a new business. The Financial Commitee of the UN-HABITAT
Programme have deposited your Settlement Check sum of $500,000.00 USD
to the United Parcel Service of Nigeria (UPS), for them to facilitate
the delivery to you prior to your contact with them. Your Settlement
Check Parcel was deposited and registered with Reference Number
You are to contact the United Parcel Service of Nigeria (UPS), with
your Reference Number, Full Name, Resident Address, and your Mobile
Telephone Number, to enable them further the delivery/shipment of your
settlement check to you.
Note that we have not paid the shipment fee for the delivery/shipment
of your check to you. you are hereby advise to contact the United
Parcel Service of Nigeria to book your settlement check shipment
United Parcel Service Nigeria LTD
Plot 781 Emeka Anyaoku Street
Area Eleven Garki
Accept Our Greetings.