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: joseph johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 12:53:49 +0100 (CET)
Subject: From Joseph
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which i
intend to establish in your country;Though I have not met with you
before but I believe one has to risk confiding in succeeding
sometimes in life.
There is this huge amount of Two million U.S dollars
($2,000,000.00) which my late father kept for us in eco bank
here in lome togo before he was assasinated by
Now I and my sister decided to invest these money in your country
or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political
reasons.We want you to help us claim and retrieve these fund from
the bank and transfer it into your personal
account in your country for investment purposes on profitable
If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer
to you 15% Of the total fund.I await your soonest response. E-mail me on:
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