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: "PETER FISHER" <P_FISHER101@YAHOO.CO.IN> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 20:18:15 +0100
Subject: MAIL FOR YOU
My name isPETER FISHER and I have $12 million dollars free funds to
invest over some period of years. I need an experienced/ reliable
foreign investor who can partner with me and invest this money. To show the
seriousness in this offer, I will provide any money that will be
required by the credit nominee or financial agent that will process this
transaction for us.
1) You must have a good and strong bank account that can carry this
2) You will be given 25% of the money or investment while I have 75%
since Im going to take care of all expenses.
3) Reply back with all your contact details. Tel and fax numbers,
4) Little info of your business and a project plan on the investment.
If you are interested pleasecontact me urgently as need to complete
this transaction within the next one/two weeks. You can call me on
Thanking you for your understanding. Expecting your immediate response.