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: "GEORGE WILLIAMS" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 10:59:28 +0000
Subject: From George Williams (Urgent)
I am a financial consultant based in SOUTH AFRICA.I have a client (a
widow)she has USDM35,000,000 with a private equity investment trust company
for safe keeping only. She wishes to invest in a stable economy.
Her interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth n long terms.
My client is interested in placing part of her fund in your company, if your
country's bylaws allows foreign investment.
You can contact me for more details with your reference at