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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Fraud email example:
From: "Jimmy Davis" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 12:37:49 +0000
Please bear with me for sending this letter to you
surprisingly. My name is Jimmy Davis a young man
originally from Liberia in west Africa.
My sole purpose of contacting you is for you to assist
me in selling of my rough(uncoated) diamonds which
weighs 14,220 carats, from (3-45 carats),(3kg gross) on
the scale,("H"VS-1 quality),all rough and worths
about(US$8Million)was deposited by my late father in
a holding Firm here in Dakar-Senegal and it is
waiting for my order to be transferred as I am the
"NEXT OF KIN" to the deposit as it is indicated in all
the déposition documents.
Wish to hear from you soon bye and God bless.