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: "tony brown" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 06:27:19 +0300
Subject: FOR INVESTMENT
I am Mr.TONY BROWN, a director in a security company here in South Africa.
Our firm is a security company of high repute with years of outstanding
service to the people of Africa especially top government officials and
military leaders here in Africa.
Overtime now, there is a particular consignment funds left in our vault in
the company in which I now seek your coperation to enable us lay claim on
I have resolved to contact you through this medium based on business
proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I have not discussed
this transaction with anybody because it is of top secret.
If interested, please forward to me your contact telephone numbers to enable
us discuss the issue further.
I await your most prompt response.
MR. TONY BROWN
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