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: "Barr Michael Okpara" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 19:50:09 -0800
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE
I wish to introduce you to a business deal which would be beneficial to
both of us and which has to be kept confidential for the purpose
My name is Michael Okpara, a Lawyer based in Nigeria. I wish to seek
your consent to present you as next of kin to my late client who died
early this year leaving behind a large sum of money and no next of kin
inherit the money. With your assistance and my professional advise we
can get access to the money.
I look forward to your positive response at your earliest convinience
and if possible send along your telephone number so I call to give you
further information.For confidentiality please reply to