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: "Nancy Santos" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:29:03 +0000
FROM MRS NANCY SANTOS,
PLEASE REPLY ME ON THIS EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org
NEED A GODLY PERSON WHO CAN
HANDLE US$21M PROJECT IN A
I AM MRS NANCY SANTOS,THE WIFE OF LATE MR EL ZARAH SANTOS. I AM A WIDOW AND
HAVE NO CHILD ALSO ON A SICK BED FACING CANCER OF THE BREAST WHICH HAS
LASTED FOR 9 MONTHS NOW.
BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY HUSBAND HE DEPOSITED US$21M IN A SECURITY COMPANY OUT
SIDE MALAYSIA WITHOUT LETTING ANY OTHER PERSON KNOW EXCEPT ME THE WIFE,HE
MADE THIS MONEY WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH THE MALAYSIAN CENTRAL PRINTING AND
MINTING COMPANY. AND THE MONEY WAS PACKED IN A DIPLOMATIC BOX AND MOVE THE
SAME WAY DIPLOMATIC TO A SECURITY COMPANY FOR SAFE KEEPING AND TO AVOID HIS
COMPANY NOT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS MONEY.
I AM 59 YEARS NOW AND I AM IN THE LORD BECAUSE ,I WANT WHO WILL GO AND CLEAR
THE CONSIGNMENT OUT FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY AND USE THE MONEY TO SET UP A
CHARITY HOME AND ALSO ASSIST CHURCHES ,WHO CAN HANDLE THIS MONEY VERY WELL,
I CAN NOT WALK NOW AND I CAN GIVE UP ANY TIME SO I WANT THIS MONEY TO BE OUT
NOW SINCE I HAVE INFORMED THE SECURITY COMPANY ABOUT MY CONDITION AND SAID
THAT ANY PERSON I APPOINT AS MY REPRESENTATIVESHOULD COME WITH A LETTER OF
AUTHORISATION FROM ME FOR THE CLEARING OF THE CONSIGNMENT.
NOTE THAT THE SECURITY COMPANY DOES NOT KNOW THAT THE CONTENT OF THE
CONSIGNMENT IS MONEY ,THEY KNOW IT AS A FAMILY TREASURE SO IS ONLY I AND YOU
THAT KNOWS THE CONTENT OF THE BOX.
YOU CAN SET UP THE CHARITY HOME ANY PLACE OF YOUR CHOICE INCLUDING YOUR
COUNTRY,DEDUCT ANY EXPENCES YOU MADE IN PROCESS OF GETING THIS OUT AS SOON
AS YOU CLAIM IT OK I WANT YOU TO START THE PROJECT SOON,DUE TO MY HEALTH MY
DOCTOR PLACED A KIND OF BED REST ON MY COMMUNICATION LIMIT.
AWAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS.
MRS NANCY SANTOS