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:
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 06:24:23 -0800
NNPC TOWERS IKOYI LAGOS,
I am the chairman of the contract award committee, federal ministry of petroleum
resources, Nigeria I am in search of an agent to assist us in the transfer
of FIFTY MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS. And subsequent
investment in properties in your country.you will be required to:
(1) Assist in the transfer of the said sum
(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment
(3) Assist us in purchase of properties.
If you decide to render your service to us in this regard, 20% of the total
sum will be offerred to you.
10%will be set aside for any expences encountered during the transfer.
Pls, quickly get back to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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