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: "Claude Seka" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 20:01:23 +0200
Subject: Business Proposal.
I send this mail to you with due respect. Claude Seka is my name,am the personal assistant to the Honorable Minister of finance in Ivory coast(Abidjan),am presently here in Europe searching for an investor who is capable of handling this transaction.
I wish to confirm, if you can help us to transfer the sum of 18million dollars to your country for investment. The fund in question is over -invoice from cocoa exporting , If you can work with us to make this deal a success, please do send your personal information or your companies names that will be use to deposit this money to a finance & security company that has a branch office in spain.we need your contact phone number for discussion on how to invest the money in your country
Due to the position of my boss I was directed to look for trust-worthy person that will help us on this transaction so am acting on his behalf with his absolute approval and will promise to give you 10% of the fund after the transaction.
We are anticipating your urgent reply.
N.B. Since we are government official ,your assistance will be needed at a due time , please we implore you to corporate with us and keep every thing secret for our own security reasons .