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: "Walter Farkas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:47:09 +0200
Subject: It is me,YOUR PARTNER,
It is me,YOUR PARTNER,
THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE SWISS BANK IN ZURICH.
I am very much happy to have completed that business and have
received my total sum of US$20,000,000.00.
Because of all you have done for me in the past,i want you to enjoy this
money with me.
Now, I want you to contact my secretary in Republique du Benin,
his name is Mr. Israel Colette His E-mail is email@example.com
ask him to send you the total sum of $1,000,000.00
which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and
attempts to assist me in this matter.
Send him the following information so that he will be sure that you
are the owner of the cheque:
Your Full Name:
Your Phone number:
I have forwarded instruction to my Secretary and he will be waiting
for your mail with information on this.
Please do not bother to contact me because i will be out of reach for
about a year.
I thank you for everything and God bless you.
PD DR Erich Farkas,