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?James=20Obi?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:03:05 +0530 (IST)
Subject: NOW CONTACT MY SECRETARY
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- Dear Friend,I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transfered,Now I want you to contact my secretary on the information below name:Mr PAUL AGWA Email:(firstname.lastname@example.org) ask him to send you the total sum of $800.00.000.In a bank draft,Which I kept for your compensation.Contact him immediately and send below information to receive the amount from him.(1).Full Names___ (2).Address___(3).Sex___(4)..City/Country____(5).Phone Number____Best Regards,Mr JAMES OBI,