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: Godwin Scott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 10:53:47 +0000
Subject: Good Day
Greetings.I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business opportunity. Though, I choose to reach you through Internet because it still remains the fastest medium of communication.However,this correspondence is unofficial and private,and it should be treated as such.
I am Auditor Godwin Scott, a United Kingdom Government Auditor and I work in the International operation department in a Bank here in UK. My purpose of contacting you is that I am looking for a Reliable partner to place as the next of kin to a dormant account that have not been operated for years in my bank with a total sum of £20,000,000. 00 Pounds and on further discreet investigation I also discovered that the account holder has long since passed on (dead)leaving no beneficiary or WILL to the account.
I am contacting you to place you as the next of kin to the deceased and I will provide to you the necessary claim documents the bank will require from you in other to claim this fund including the details information of the account in my next mail. I will inform you on what to do if you are going to assure me that you will not betray me and my family with this funds in your possession so as to enable me to start the paper works immediately without further delay.
I have a family of four,My wife Claudia and Hailey, Brooke. Please keep this business within your self for security and safe reasons. Thanks as I'm in anticipation of your favourable response.