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: Mrs Tracy Hooper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 22:22:13 +0100 (CET)
Subject: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
My names are Mr. Alex Edward; I work in a managerial position in a well respected Security Company, with a head office here in the UNITED KINGDOM.
I am contacting you because of an urgent business transaction that I want to do with a trusted foreigner, I got your email information from one of my good friends who works with UK's Chamber of Commerce and industry on foreign business relations here in the United Kingdom, London. Though I did not disclose the deal to him. When he gave me your email address, I did not ask him his source because I trust his judgment, having known him for a very long time.
On the 25th of November 2003, the sum of $19,500 000.00 was deposited with my company, disguised as a family heirloom in a trunk box, this is not the only time that corrupt government officials uses the services of my company to ship their ill gotten wealth abroad or secure it for future use. I took exceptional note of this deposit because it was large and as the man at the helm of affairs then, I got to know the man behind the deposit, Late President Gnassingbe Eyadema who died on February 2005.
The reason for my contacting you is that I checked and found out that the deposit is still intact and nobody has asked for it, and I know that nobody will ever ask for it, I am the only living soul who knows the true identity of the depositor, no other person can retrieve the deposit except the person can produce the codes combination which was given to the depositor, the way we operate is that if the depositor wants to retrieve his deposit, he will instruct the company in writing and give his codes and if the manager confirms the code, the deposit will be released at once to the person, no name or identification is needed.
If you accept to work with me, I will give you the instruction letter to send to my company and also when the company asks for the codes, I will give them to you.
Please if you are not interested in this business let me know so that I can contact someone else. Please send your response through my alternative email addresses below for security measures: email@example.com
My best regards.
Mr. Alex Edward