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: "DAVID DOUDOU" <DAVID_bga@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 12:56:59 +0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP
I am really sorry to disturb you I got your email address while searching for My fathers business partner.
MY NAME IS DAVID DOUDOU,FROM THE REPUBLIC OF IVORY COAST. NOW A REFUGEE IN DAKAR SENEGAL AT (U.N.H.C.R.) CAMP GROUND 2nd LIBERTY ZONE AVENUE. MY LATE FATHER CHIEF EMILE BOGA DOUDOU .WAS INTERIOR MINISTER WHO DIE RECENTLY IN THE CIRISES BOUAKE. BEFORE IS DEATH HE HAS THE SUM OF ($ 5.000.000M USD ) FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.WHICH I WANT TO INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY.THIS MONEY WAS DEPOSITED BY MY LATE FATHER IN A FINANCE HOUSE,ABROAD .WHICH I WAS MADE THE BENEFICIARY AND NEXT OF KIN AS THE ONLY SON OF MY PARENTS. BECAUSE OF THE PRESENT SITUATION OF WAR IN MY COUNTRY, MY AGED MOTHER AND ME,HAVE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY FOR SECURITY AND SAFETY REASON, AND ALSO TO LOOK FOR SOMEBODY I CAN TRUST WHO CAN ASSIST ME TO TRANSFER THE MONEY OUT OF THE FINANCE HOUSE TO IS ACCOUNT FOR ME.
I HIGHLY NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE FOR AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR COUNTRY AS I HOPE THAT YOU WILL NOT BETRAY ME . I AM 21
YEARS OLD I WANT TO ATTEND A UNIVERSITY . I AND MY MOTHER HAVE PROPOSED TO INVEST A PERCENTAGE IN A BUSINESS WITH YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY SO YOU CAN GIVE US ALL ASSISTANCE WE MAY NEED . PLEASE YOU CAN MAKE IT CONFIDENTIAL BECAUSE OUR FUTURE IS DEPENDING ON THIS MONEY FOR A BETTER LIVING AGAIN, ALL THE DOCUMENTS FOR THE DEPOSIT OF THE MONEY IN THE FINANCE HOUSE ARE WITH ME HERE IN DAKAR SENEGAL. I WISH YOU SEND ME A REPLY AS SOON AS YOU RECIEVE THIS PROPOSAL SO I CAN KNOW YOU BETTER IN ORDER FOR ME TO KNOW WHAT TO DO. FOR DETAILS YOU CAN CHECK IT IN THE SITE. www.ininews.org.
I AM WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY.
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU.