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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?balo=20balo?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 18:28:15 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: THANK YOU
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
MY DEAREST FRIEND,
WITH GREAT GRATITUDE TO YOUR EFFORTS, I AM INFORMING YOU THAT I HAVE
FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN TRANSFERRING THE FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES
DOLLARS TO THE BANK IN ITALY, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A PARAGUAY FRIEND,
BASED ON AGREEMENT RECEIVED 25% OF THE ENTIRE MONEY FOR HIS FINANCIAL
INVOLVEMENT AND EFFORTS.
PRESENTLY I HAVE RELOCATED TO SOUTH KOREA, TO ESTABLISH THE ELECTRONIC
COMPANY PROJECTS WITH MY OWN SHARE AS I HAVE EARLIER PROPOSED.
NEVERTHELESS, I CANNOT FORGET YOU, ESPECIALLY YOUR HONEST EFFORTS,
DID NOT YIELD POSITIVE FRUIT, BUT I STILL APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, MEANWHILE I HAVE A SURPRISE PACKAGE FOR YOU.
CONTACT MY SECRETARY IN AFRICA HIS NAME IS MR MIKE CHIKA ON HIS EMAIL
ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org I HAVE INSTRUCTED HIM TO DIRECT
YOU ON HOW YOU WOULD RECEIVE THE SUM OF ($800,000,000,00) EIGHT HUNDRED
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS IN CHECK, WHICH I SET OUT FOR YOUR
COMPENSATION, PLEASE I WANT YOU TO ACCEPT IT IN GOOD FAITH. I REALLY
APPRECIATE ALL YOU DID AND I PRAY THAT WE WOULD MEET SOMEDAY, BUT RIGHT
TOO BUSY FOR SOME TIME, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, SO FEEL FREE AND GET IN
TOUCHED WITH MR MIKE CHIKA
I REMAIN YOUR BOSOM FRIEND.
- balo balo