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: WILLIAM KANE <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 06:15:21 -0500
Subject: PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR CAPABILITY
DEAR FRIEND , I WANT YOU TO ASSIST ME AND MY PARTNER TO RECEIVE A PACKAGE WHICH WE ARE WORKING ON HOW TO MOVE OUT OF OUR COUNTRY DOWN TO YOUR COUNTRY, AND WE PROMISE TO GIVE YOU 30% OF THE PACKAGE. WE NEED ONLY: (1) YOUR FULL NAME (2) YOUR ADDRESS (3) MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBERS (4) YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT NUMBER OR PHOTOGRAPH FOR US TO MAKE THE DEPOSIT IN YOUR NAME. THE FLIGHT WILL BE LIVING WITH THE PACKAGE THIS WEEKEND THAT IS WHY WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE FOR US TO MAKE SURE THE PACKAGE LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. THE CONTENT OF THE PACKAGE IS $15 MILLION U.S DOLLARS OUR COMPANY SELL BLOC, CRUDE OIL WANT TO SEND THIS MONEY TO OUR CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE THROUGH ASECURITY COMPANY AND IT WAS DECLARED PERSONAL EFFECT. WE WANT TO DIVERT THE MONEY TO YOU SO THAT WE WILL ALL SHARE IT, SO WE WANT YOU TO SEND US THE NEEDED INFORMATION FOR US TO DEPOSIT THE MONEY IN YOUR NAME TO THE SECURITY COMPANY THAT WILL BE LEAVING WITH THE PACKAGE. PLEASE WE ARE SORRY IF WE HAVE OFFENDED YOU FOR THE ASSISTANCE,BUT WE BELIEVE THE BUSINESS WILL CHANGE OUR LIFE.I AWAIT YOUR REPLY WITH THE INFORMATION SO THAT WE WILL DEPOSIT IT WITH YOUR NAME AS THE RIGHTFUL BENEFICIARY AND AFTER THAT WE GIVE YOU THE GOODS NUMBER, CODE,PLEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN CONTACT ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.orgHOPING TO HEAR FROM YOU. THANKS AND GOD BLESS US, DR WILLIAM KANE
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