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, 13 Nov 2008 02:41:55 -0800 (PST)
Subject: I kept ($500,000.00) for your compensation
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dearest Friend,Season Greeting from Mr.Frank Zebo who contacted you long ago, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner, Presently i'm facing my projects with my own share of the total sum.meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.I want you to contact my secretary on the information below: His name is Anthony Chedom: Email: email@example.com Ask him to send you the total sum of ($500,000.00) FIVE HUNDRED THOUNSAND USD CASHIER'S CHEQUE, which I kept for your compensation. Confirm to him again YOUR NAME....AND HOME ADDRESS....TELEPHONE No.......