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: Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 18:05:21 +0800 (CST)
Subject: FROM MRS.BAILEE JOHNSON
My name is Mrs. Bailee Johnson. It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my son intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk in confiding before success sometimes in life.
There is this huge amount of ($25,500,000.00) milion dollas which my
late husband deposited in a bank here in ivoire cost west africa before he was assasinated by unknown persons. Now I and my son decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and safety. We want you to help us transfer it into your personal account in your
country for a good reliable bussiness investment and complition of my
If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you
20% Of the total fund.
Mrs Bailee Johnson