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: martin barrys <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 06:46:05 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings.I am Mr Martin Barrys, a South African Government auditor and I work in the International operation department in a Local Bank here in South Africa. My purpose of contacting you is that I am looking for a Reliable patner in your country to place as the next of kin to a dormant account that have not been operated for years in my bank with a total sum of $ 36,000,000.USD and on further discreet investigation I also discovered that the account holder has long since passed away (dead) leaving no beneficiary to the account. I contacted you due to you are a foreigner and i will provide to you the necessary claim documents the bank we require from you in other to claim this fund.
You should send to me the undermentioned information immediately so as to enable me to start the paper work immediately without further delay.I will also like you to take a close look in my family website www.martins.com
The informations will be as follows.......
Phone and Fax NO
Thanks as I 'm in anticipation of your favourable response.
Have a pleasant day.
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