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: "Mensah Otabil" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 23:41:31 +0100
From: The Manager,
International Commercial Bank Ghana
First Light Branch
I got your contact during my search on the Internet. My name is Mr.
Mensah Otabil. I am the manager of the International Commercial Bank Ghana, First Light Branch. I am a Ghanaian married with two kids.
I am writing to solicit your assistance in the transfer of US$
3,550.000.00. This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am manger made as profit during the last year. I have already submitted an approved End of the Year report for the year 2004 to my Head Office here in Accra and they will never know of this Excess. I have since then, placed this amount of US$ 3,550.000.00 on a SUSPENCE ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account. I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be for me. I do need to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this. It¡¯s going to be a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund.You may reach me through: email@example.com
If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response.