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: "HSBC BANK GHANA" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 04:30:45 -0700
Subject: IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF US$4.5 MILLION INTEREST INTO YOUR ACCOUNT
Member HSBC Group, Accra-Ghana
Trust Towers Asylum Down
2nd Floor PMB CCCI
Cantonments, Accra Ghana
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (office)
RE: SWIFT TRANSFER OF US$4.5 MILLION INTEREST INTO YOUR ACCOUNT
I, am MR. ROBERT NARTEY, the Head of Treasury Department of HSBC BANK ACCRA GHANA.
Sometime ago, in our bank your fund was brought to our bank and AFTER SOME PERIOD, THIS FUND WAS TAKEN BACK for that period of time this fund was in our bank, it generated an interest of US$4.5 Million, which we considered your long suffering and we decide to pay you this interest fund via Swift Transfer into your account.
What we need from you now is any form of your identification for example; your international travelling passport or your driving license, then your telephone and fax number for easy communication/your account information.
As a matter of fact we dont have enough time waste since we have wasted time in contacting our respective customers, so try and comply with the entire necessary requirement for remittance.
Contact me on my direct Tel: 233-244-057548; Fax: 233-28-205993 expecting your immediately response.
MR. ROBERT NARTEY
HEAD OF TREASURY DEPARTMENT
HSBC BANK ACCRA GHANA
TEL: 233-244-057548; FAX: 233-28-205-993
You can contact us through E-mail or Fax, and should be warned that we dont have time to waste.