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: Hudson John <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 00:08:59 +0100
Subject: PLEASE READ AND REPLY VERY URGENTLY.
PLEASE READ AND REPLY VERY URGENTLY.From: HUDSON JOHN.E_mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Friend,Please in the name of God i ask for your little time to read this message carefully to the excellency of our mutual benefit. This is not one of those letters or stories out there that everybody know as joke. I am very serious and this money is my only hope of survival now and it is the future of my family. So please read this email very gently and quirtly tell me what you think,if we can transact it together or not. And please after reading if it does not interest you please kindly delet the mail and keep the secret of what you red within you.My name is JOHN HUDSON, i am the operations manager of Continental Bank Benin, Cotonou headquters Republic of Benin. I got your information when i was searching for an oversea partner among other names. I write you this proposal in good faith; I am 52 years old an Ethiopian white based in Benin Republic, married with two lovely kids. I have a very important business which i would like to execut with you which involves some reasonable amount of cash, i have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit you and I, as the OPS manager in this bank it is my duty to send in a financial report to my headmen office in Potonovo at the end of each business year. On the course of the last year 2006 business report, I discovered that we made three million five hundred thousand pounds (3.5m)GBPS) which my head office and no single staff are not aware of and will never be aware of since i have wisely arranged and blinded the files. I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no beneficiary.As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your bank account and get 30% of the total funds as commission. There are practically no risks involved, it will be a bank-to-bank transfer, and all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of these funds who made the deposit with my branch so that my head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much. (email@example.com ) email me with the email address so that we can go over the details and i will give you my full informations and relay to you more information onthe money and explain to you how we should start the claim.Remember there is no risk involved i promise.Thank you in advance and May God bless you and your family. Yours truly
Continental Bank Benin
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