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: "MR ABATO" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 13:33:04 +0100
FROM, DR ABATO GRINO
please reply to this email:
I am in search of an agent to assist
us in transfer of FIVE MILLION DOLLAR(USD5m)and subsequent
investment in properties in your country, you will be requi
(1) Assist in the transfer of the said sum
(2) Advise on lucrative area for investment
(3) Assist us in purchase of properties.
(4) send me your banking details,home address and private telephone/fax number
If you decide to render your service to us in this regard, 10% of the total sum of the above will be for you, and while the rest will be for investment.
Please if you are interested kindly sent an email to me so that i can give you the modalities.Alternative Email
DR ABATO GRINO
CALL ME AS SOON AS U RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE