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: MIKE ELLIS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 16:22:54 +0000
Subject: Greetings From Group Finance Director
Greetings From Group Finance Director
H.B.O.S Plc Edinburgh EH3 9PE
Greetings To You My Dear,
I am Dr. Mike Ellis, Group Finance Director (H.B.O.S)
I understand that through Internet is not the best way
to link up with you because of the confidentiality which
the transaction demands. However, I have already sent you
this same letter one month ago but I am not sure if it did
get to you since I have not heard from you, hence my resending it again.
I discovered a dormant account in my office, as the Group director
with Halifax Bank of Scotland. It will be in my interest to transfer
this fund worth 15,000,000 million pounds in an account offshore.
If you can be a collaborator to this please
indicate interest immediately for us to proceed.
Your contact phone numbers and a copy of any physical identification via
email scan and name will be necessary for this effect.
You can reach me on,
Let me read from you soonest.
Regards and respect,
Dr. Mike Ellis
Group Finance Director
Halifax Bank of Scotland