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: GIDEON USMAN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 02:02:53 +0000
Subject: VERIFICATION OF YOUR PAYMENT/WINNINGS FILE,
DR GIDEON USMANDEPUTY GOVERNOR,INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DEPT. DEAR BENEFICIARY, VERIFICATION OF YOUR PAYMENT/WINNINGS FILE. THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT FROM THE RECORDS OF OUTSTANDING CONTRACTORS, NEXT OF KIN FUNDS AND LOTTERY FUNDS DUE FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM, YOUR NAME/PARTICULARS WAS DISCOVERED AS NEXT ON THE LIST OF THE OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS WHO HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENTS. I WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR PAYMENT IS BEING PROCESSED AND WILL BE RELEASED TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU RESPOND TO THIS LETTER. ALSO NOTE THAT FROM THE RECORD IN MY FILE YOUR OUTSTANDING PART PAYMENT IS US$1, 700,000.00 (ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDREDTHOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS). KINDLY RE-CONFIRM TO ME THE FOLLOWINGS: 1) YOUR FULL NAME. 2) YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS 3) PHONE, FAX AND MOBILE #. 4) PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS 5) COMPANY NAME, POSITION AND ADDRESS. 6) PROFESSION, AGE AND MARITAL STATUS. AS SOON AS THIS INFORMATION IS RECEIVED, YOUR PAYMENT WILL BE MADE TO YOU IN A CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT OR WIRED TO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT DIRECTLY FROM OUR NEW YORK PAYMENT CENTER (M & T BANK BINGHAMTON NEW YORK U.S.A). YOU CAN MAIL ME ON MY DIRECT MAIL ADDRESS AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS MEMO FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. REGARDS, DR GIDEON USMANgideon_usma1964@Safe-mail.net (Please all replies to this email address) CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This E-Mail is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this communication in error, please do not distribute and delete the original message. Please notify the sender by E-Mail at the address shown. Thank you for your compliance
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