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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 05:57:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: contact my secretary
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:firstname.lastname@example.org
- My Dear I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay. Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects,i did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring the funds.Now contact my secretary in Republic of Benin, his name is Mr.Martin Kojo ,through this e-mail address (email@example.com) ask him to send you the total of USD1,2m which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get intouched with my secretary Martinkojo, and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get intouch with him Mr.Martin Kojo, he will send the amount to you without any delay. Regards, Mr.Johnson walter