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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "peter cummings" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 12:36:15 +0000
Subject: Reply / call me for more discussion
I wish to contact you personally for a business transaction of GBP
£30,000,000 (Thirty Million British Pounds Sterling) hopefully that you will
respond positively to this offer.
I need a reliable, honest and capable person who will be able to handle this
transaction. hence I am contacting you, and I believe that you will never
turn down my request. I am the chief executive of corperate,Halifax Bank of
Scotland, United Kingdom.
With your sincere assistant and co-operation, we can finalise this
transaction, and be rest assured that this deal is worth taking and highly
At this moment, I will not issue the details of this transaction until your
positive response is granted.
For further correspondence regarding this business proposal, send your
response to email@example.com
for more details or ring me on +447 04 578 4271 for further discussion on
Thanks for your attention.
Mr. Peter Cummings.
Chief executive corperate,
Bank Of Scotland Plc.
Tel: +44 70 45 784271