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: Mr.Patrick Kabore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 13:46:35 +0200
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
I am a financial consultant based in Burkina Faso. I have a client (a widow) she has USD15.5M 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 in long terms.
My client is interested in placing part of her fund in your company,if your country's bilaws allows foreign investment.
You can contact me for more details via my e-mail address with your reference.
NB: The fund is free from drug and laundering related offences.