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: "drmikeben" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 19:20:56 -0600
Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
I am Dr,Mike Ben, an international business consultant, market and commodity Broker,an import-export consultant in West African region.
One of my client is interested in investing Millions of Dollars in your country and he is interested in investing with your company .
kindly forward all your company's profile to me for immediate decision on the investment programme .
Total amount to be invested= $75,000,000,00.usd...........Cash
investment 4Metric tons of AU in dust.....Treasure investment Precious stones,quantity not decleared.......Treasure investment Origin:Accra Ghana.
Immediately I receive your detailed information, I will inform him about your willinness to champion the project effectively and feed you with his arrangements on how the said fund could reach you.
Anticipating your immediate reply by this E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org