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: "john " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 5 May 2007 04:04:19 -0000
Subject: contact my secretary
My Dear I\'m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from thailand. Presently ,I\'m in thailand for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn\'t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary in Benin his name is Mr mike lawrence on his-email address email@example.com) Ask him to send you the total of $800.000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr mike lawrence and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share joy after all the sufferness at that time.
At the moment, Im very busy here because of the investment projects which i and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr mike lawrence, he will send the amount to you without any delay ok. Regardsjohn samuelcontact my secretary with this email firstname.lastname@example.org