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: "ESTEL MICHAEL" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 19:22:40 +0100
Subject: PLEASE ASSIST US
PLEASE ASSIST US
FROM :ESTEL AND JOHN MICHAEL
NOTE:PLEASE REPLY TO MY PRIVATE E-MAIL BOX
BELOW; firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Tell;+225 05 93 07 61.
Dear One ,
INTRODUCING OUR SELF, I AM ESTEL MICHAEL AND MY BORTHER NAME IS JOHN MICHAEL , THE ONLY
CHILDERN OF THE LATE MR AND MRS GEORGE MICHAEL .
We wish to request for your assistance in a financial
transaction. Dear we get your contact from a member of
this in our sit.we wish to invest in Manufacturing and
real estate management in your country.
we have Ten million,five houndred thousand united
state dollarls.USD($10.500,000) to invest in the
transaction and we will require your assistance
in receiving the funds in your account in your
country. we will gladly give you 20% of the total sum
for your assistance.
please it is important you contact us immediately on
our private e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
for further explanation.
Awaiting your immediate response and God bless.
ESTEL AND JOHN MICHAEL