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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: joseph ejike <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 03:03:32 -0700
Hello .Compliment of the season I am very glad to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from England. Presently I am in England for investment Projects with my own share of the total sum but we have a little problem with the British Government as they mandated that we must pay all the taxes up front before the fund will be cleared in my new partners account which we have been trying to raise the fund to due the amount mentioned by the British Government.
Meanwhile, for this reason I could not be able to make any cash transfer to your nominated bank account as a compensation for your intended to assist me get those fund transferred, so I have instructed my bank manager in Benin Republicto issue a certified bank draft in your name because I did not forget your past efforts and attempt to assist me in transferring those funds despite the fact that we did not come to the conclusion of the transaction.
Nevertheless, you should contact my protocol officer in Benin Republic his name is Mr. joseph ejike on his Email firstname.lastname@example.org .com and ask Him to send to you the total sum of $3.5 million in certified bank draft 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 touched with my protocol officer joseph and instruct him where to send the amount to you and also include your private address and telephone number.
Please do let me know immediately you contact him. Finally, remember that I had Forwarded instruction to my protocol officer on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in Touch with joseph he will send the amount to you with out any delay.Best Regards,joseph ejikeMYEMAIL ADDRESS(email@example.com
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