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Internet Identity Theft - Beware of These Emails Scams

Internet identity theft sometimes originates with an email. Below are a couple of examples of the type of email scam often referred to as the 'Nigerian scam' as well as West African' or '419' advance fee fraud. They've been running in one form or another for over twenty years. The 419 relates to a one time section of the Nigerian Criminal Code.

This type of scam - usually claiming to be from Nigeria or another African state - requires the recipient of the email to assist in the transfer of large sums of money in return for a hefty commission, and then requires an advance payment to be made to clear fees, transfer taxes and other handling charges. The sums of money for transfer are large, and the commissions offered, just for processing them through your bank account, are unrealistically high. There is, of course, no money to be transferred by them. They just want access to your bank details so they can empty your account.

There must be thousands of versions of this fraud. The golden rule is to ignore anything that offers you something for nothing. They are characterised by poor english and typo errors.

Our interested partner,

I write to solicit your assistance in working with me as my payment Agent who can help me establish a medium of getting to my customers in  Canada, America/Europe as well as making payments through you to me.

You will be paid 10% of every payment made through you to me. Subject to Your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your  mode of which I will pay for your services as my representative.I  Export furnitures into Canada, America/Europe.

Please if interested fill the form below so that i can advise you with  Further details. All reply to be sent to :

Your full name:
Company Name:
Phone number:
Fax number:
Bank Name :
And your full contact address:

Yours faithfully,



Good day,

I represent a top mining company executive in South Africa. I have a very sensitive and private brief from this top executive to ask for your partnership to re-profile funds totally Forty Two Million United States Dollars. ( $42,000,000.00) I will give the details of how we intend to proceed,this is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 15% for your "management fees", if I am able to reach terms with you.
If you are interested, please write me back by email and provide me with your full names,telephone numbers and address  and I will provide further details. Please keep this close to your chest as much as possible; we are still in acting service.
I wait in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. I am available to entertain any questions concerning the clarity of this transaction.


These are both short examples of actual scam email (we have the originals, and many more of them on file) but they often arrive long and cumbersome.

If you do receive a similar email don't respond to it. If you do, at best you will be identified as someone who opens emails from senders they don't know, which will make you liable to receive a flood of similar emails or spam. At worst you could be sent emails with malware embedded in them to steal personal information from your computer, and, if you actually emailed some of your personal information in reply, you will receive a barrage of unwanted telephone calls.

If you are targeted with these emails then expect to get more than one. Internet identity theft fraudsters can be very persistent.