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: karim ali <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 21:20:14 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend,
Dear Friend, I am Mr. Karim Ali. the head of auditing and accounting section of Banque Togolaise Pour Le Commerce Et L'Industrie Lome-Togo in West Africa with due respect and regard.I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction. But I apologise for this and would humbly wish you pardon my ignorance and spend some time to think overmy proposal. I have a business proposition for you concerning a deceased person that died during the tsunami in Indonesia . This has been bothering me for months now and I feel I can share the suggestion with someone I can trust. I don't know you from Adam but I believe we can be of mutual benefit to each other. For assisting me, you will be entitled to 40% of the total principal while we would invest 20% in charity homes.Should you be interested, please forward to me your full name,contact address, contact telephone and fax number to enable me ascertain your trustworthiness and send the details to you.I anticipate your cooperation to this matter. Yours faithfully,Mr. Karim Ali.
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