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: "rita williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 11:06:34 +0100
Subject: GOD BLESS YOU.
BELOVED IN THE LORD,
GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. I AM MRS RITA WILLIAMS,
FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NOW STAYING IN NIGERIA, HAVANA HOSPITAL.
A WIDOW TO LATE WILLIAM EDWARDS I AM 55 YEARS OLD, I AM NOW A NEW CHRISTIAN
CONVERT, SUFFERING FROM LONG TIME CANCER OF THE BREAST,
FROM ALL INDICATION MY CONDITIONS IS REALLY DETERIORATING AND IT IS
QUITE OBVIOUS THAT I WON'T LIVE MORE THAN 1 MONTHS, ACCORDING TO
MY DOCTORS, THIS IS BECAUSE THE CANCER STAGE HAS GOTTEN TO A VERY BAD
STAGE. MY LATE HUSBAND KILLED DURING THE U.S. RAID AGAINST TERRORISM
IN AFGHANISTAN, AND DURING THE PERIOD OF OUR MARRIAGE WE COULD'NT
PRODUCE ANY CHILD.
MY LATE HUSBAND WAS VERY WEALTHY AND AFTER HIS DEATH, I INHERITED ALL
HIS BUSINESS . THE DOCTORS HAS ADVISED ME THAT I MAY NOT
LIVE FOR MORE THAN 2 MONTHS, SO I NOW DECIDED TO DEVIDE THE PART OF
THIS WEALTH, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHURCH IN AFRICA,
AMERICA ASIA, AND EUROPE. I ASELECTED YOU AFTER VISITING THE WEBSITE
AND I PRAYED OVER IT.
I AM WILLING TO DONATE THE SUM OF $8.5MILLION U.S.DOLLARS TO THE LESS
PRIVILEGED. AND UPON MY INSTRUCTION, MY ATTORNEY,WILL FILE IN AN
APPLICATION FOR YOU FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE MONEY IN YOUR NAME.
LASTLY, I HONESTLY PRAY THAT THIS MONEY WHEN TRANSFERRED WILL BE SURE
FOR THE SAID PURPOSE, BECAUSE I HAVE COME TO FIND OUT THAT WEALTH
ACQUISITION WITHOUT CHRIST IS VANITY.
MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE SWEET
FELLOWSHIP OF GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY .
I AWAIT YOUR URGENT REPLY.
YOURS IN CHRIST.
MOTHER RITA WILLIAMS.
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