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: "Mrs.Vivian Walter" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 02:05:27 GMT
Subject: PLEASE I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE.
Dear Beloved ,
I am Mrs.Vivian Walter,the wife of Mr.Edwards Walter,I am a citizens of the United states.My husband worked with the Chevron/Texaco in Russia before he died in the year 2004.my husband deposited the sum of (7.5 Million Pounds) with a Bank.the management just wrote me as the beneficiary that our account has been DORMANT and if I can not ACTIVATE the ACCOUNT,the funds will be CONFISCATED.I 'm in a hospital in Russia where I have treatment for cancer.Stand as beneficiary for the Funds.reach me:firstname.lastname@example.org