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: "nelson smith" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 13:52:34 +0000
Subject: Dear friend!!!
My name is Mr. Nelson Smith, personal attorney to Mohammed Abacha. I need
your assistance in taking custody of some funds and thereafter invest it
into viable business venture in your country in partnership with him.
Please view this sites and read it's content carefully.
The funds is presently deposited with a security company abroad. All that is
needed is for you to arrange to take delivery of the fund from the Security
Please if you are interested, contact me without any further delay so that i
can give you more details.
I am looking forward to your urgent and positive response.
I anticipate your prompt response.
Mr. Nelson Smith.