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Email scam letters collection
M2122  
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Description
"419" or "advance fee" scam email letters collected between 2002-2014
Background
The Email scam letters collection was acquired by Stanford Libraries bibliographer, Karen Fung from email she received. The letters, a type of Advance Fee Fraud, are also sometimes called the "419" scam after the section of the Nigerian penal code which covers the crime. This type of fraud is believed to have originated in the 18th century. The fraudster tricks the victim into paying money up front to supposedly receive a future, larger payoff.
Extent
50 gigabyte(s)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research. The full text of the email in this collection is accessible in the Department of Special Collections reading room. In order to access this content, please contact specialcollections@stanford.edu.