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: "David Mekwe" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 17:31:48 +0000
I am Barrister David Mekwe, a Solicitor and Advocate and personal Attorney
to Abba Sani Abacha, one of the surviving sons of late Sani Abacha, former
President of Nigeria. Without taking much of your time, I want to refer you
to this web: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4449587.stm. Right now, we
have exactly $16.5m with a security firm in Europe and we want to move it
out from there as soon as possible before it is too late.
I am contacting you to assist us in taking delivery of the fund before it
be confiscated. This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60%
to my client and 40% to you. I have all necessary legal documents that can
be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest
co-operation, confidentiality and trust to enable us see this transaction
I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.