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: =?utf-8?q?Sgt=20Jim=20Collins?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 22:16:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: STRICLY CONFIDENTIAL AND URGENT
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:firstname.lastname@example.org
- FROM:MRS LINDA DOWELL MAIL:email@example.com My dear,I am MRS LINDA DOWELL, wife of Late John Sithole DOWELL who was murdered by the Zimbabwean war Veterans and irritate black people. Before the death of my husband on the 29th of July 2006, he was a prosperous tobacco and coffee farmer in Zimbabwe and one of the major sponsors/financiers of the opposition party- Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe. He was also the former President of the Farmers Co-operative Trade Union in Zimbabwe.I am writing from Johannesburg South Africa.I gotyourcontacte-mailaddress from the South African International Information Exchange Center and decided to write you.I write to solicit for your special assist to help me secure and invest the sumof$22,000.000 us dorllas my late husband deposited in a security firm overseasRegards Mrs Linda Dowellcc:Barr Jim Collins