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: "Miss. Stephanie DuanX" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 14:44:22 +0000
FROM:MS STEPHANIE DUANE
NOTE:PLEASE REPLY TO MY PRIVATE
I wish to request for your assistance in a financial
transaction. sir I get your contact from a member of
this your sit.I wish to invest in Manufacturing and
real estate management in your country.
I have seventeen million, five hundred thousand United
State Dollars. USD($17.500,000) to invest in the
transaction and I will require your assistance in
receiving the funds in your account in your country.
I will gladly give you 10% of the total sum for your
please it is important you contact me immediately on
my private e-mail address(email@example.com )
for further explanation.Awaiting your immediate
response and God bless.
Miss. Stephanie Duané