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: "Nicholass Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 07:44:46 GMT
Subject: ATTN REPRESENTATIVE
WE ARE IN RECEIPT OF A COMPLETED PROCEDURES LETTER FROM OUR LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE.YOU WILL BEGIN DUTIES ASAP.HENCEFORTH,YOU WILL REPRESENT CAPITAL GEMS IN YOUR COUNTRY.YOU WILL COLLECT PAYMENTS FROM IT`S CUSTOMERS,REPRESENT HER IN LECTURES,SEMINARS.WE HOPE THAT YOU TAKE YOUR DUTIES AS SERIOUS AS YOU CAN.
YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY OUR CUSTOMERS IN NO TIME IN REGARDS TO SENDING PAYMENTS TO YOU.THIS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE YOUR FRIST ASSIGNMENT.ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT,YOU WILL BE ALLOCATED A COMPANY CAR AND MOBILE PHONE.
WE HOPE THAT ALL THINGS BEEN EQUAL,ALL GOES WELL AS PLANNED.AS SOON AS YOU ARE REACHED BY ANY OF OUR CUSTOMERS,GET BACK TO US TO LET US KNOW.HAVE A NICE DAY,MR NICHOLAS SMITH.