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: "AHMED DATTI" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2005 23:52:17 -0800
Subject: Sincere Demand
PLEASE REFER YOUR ACCEPTANCE MAIL FOR QUICK ATTENTION ON THIS
MY NAME IS MR. T, AHMED DATTI. I WORK WITH THE INLAND BANK OF
NIGERIA PLC AS A GROUP HEAD TREASURY DEPARTMENT.
IN THE DISCHARGE OF MY DUTY, I STUMBLED ON THIS DOMICILIARY
ACCOUNT THAT HAS REMAINED DORMANT FOR SIX MONTHS NOW WITH
TEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS
($10.5M) IN IT. ON PERSONAL INVESTIGATION, I DISCOVERED THAT THE
ACCOUNT HOLDER DIED IN AUTOCRASH ACCIDENT WITH THE MEMBERS
OF HIS FAMILY WHO SHOULD BE THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE AMOUNT.
I AM WRITING YOU SO THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO REMIT THIS
AMOUNT OF MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AS THE NEXT OF KIN HENCE
THE DEPOSITOR HAPPENED TO BE A FOREIGNER.
IT IS SIMPLE PROCESS WHICH WILL TAKE A SHORT WHILE TO PROCESS.
OUTSIDE THIS, THE BANK MANAGEMENT WILL RETURN SAME AS
CURRENT ASSET OR CONFISCATE THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY AS
UNCLEARED EFFECTS AND SEND BACK TO THE NIGERIAN DEPOSIT
INSURANCE CORPORATION ACCOUNT.
IF I HEAR FROM YOU, I WILL TELL YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
THE MONEY AND THE OPERATIONAL METHOD WE CAN USE TO EFFECT
THE REMITANCE INTO YOUR ACCOUNT FOR OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT.
T. AHMED DATTI