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: collins zara <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 00:16:17 +0100 (BST)
Subject: proposal on partnership
It is my resolve to contact you on behalf of a family resident in Zambia, on the sale of their minefield; this property is located in Zambia. My name is collins zara, and it is my wish to intimate you based on the information I read about your personality.
Geological reports about the mining field, which contains information about other minerals deposits, are with me. I want to use this medium to personally inform you that about a family have decided to sell the mining field. Please consider and treat this message as a family matter, which we would find very convenient dealing with you as a trusted and established individual, with a clear vision of prospects in this offer.
I kindly request that you send your response to me to enable me inform you of details and clarifications. It is very essential we sign a confidentiality agreement to provide us with a good platform to conduct this matter.
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