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: DESMOND LOON <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 19:36:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: urgent response
My name is Desmond Loon, I just arrived Ghana yesterday with safe box
contains $9.5 million US Dollar, my father was killed few days ago,
and our house was burnt down.
I decided to escape to Ghana with this consignment, the consignment is right with me in my hotel, I dont want to deposit it to the security company because I dont want it to accumulate any charges.
I kept the consignment with the Director of the Hotel who assisted me with $250 to settle the Driver who brought me to the Hotel, so i gave hi my passport to hold to assured him that i will pay him back as soon as i hear from you.
Please, advise me on how to send this safe box to you. Sir, I need your urgent advise because I am afraid now, my safe box is intact with me, I never disclose this to any body except you.
Get back to me immediately .
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