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: USMAN IBRAHIM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 09:54:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: REPLY URGENTLY
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION
15A,AWOLOWO ROAD IKOYI
REGARDING OUR FINDING WE APPRENDED SOME PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE BELIEVED THAT THEY ARE DOING SOME FAKE BUSINESS WITH YOU AND SINCE THEN THEY HAVE BEEN IN OUR CUSTODY.SO, WE ADVICE YOU GET BACK TO US WITH ALL THE PROVES THAT YOU ARE REALLY DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM AND THE PROVES MUST GO ALONG WITH EVERY TRANSACTION BOTH OF YOU HAVE BEEN ALL THIS WHILE .
MORESO , THERE MUST BE DOCUMENT TO SHOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED ,WITH PROVES OF WHEN THE REALLY STARTED THE BUSINESS ,LIKE EMAIL THEY SENT TO YOU PAYMENT SLIPS AND ALL OTHER NECESSARY THING THAT WILL HELP US TO GET OUT YOUR MONEY FOR YOU .
WE ARE NOT ASSURING YOU OF GETTING THE WHOLE MONEY BUT AS LEAST WE GET YOU 50% TO 70% OF THE MONEY SO THERE MUST BE CONCRETE PROVES.
PLEASE GET BACK TO US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS OUT INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUES.
WE WILL LIKE TO MAKE IT VERY FAST SO THAT WE CAN GET OUT YOUR MONEY .WE ARE WORKING IN COLABORATION WITH THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA AND OTHER BANK WHERE THIS SUSPECT HAVE AN ACCOUNT WITH .
WE WILL DUELY APPRECIATE YOUR URGENT REPLY.
HOWEVER YOU CAN GET IN TOUGH WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE AGENT THROUGH THIS PHONE NUMBER .. OR BETTER STILL YOU CAN E:MAIL BACK .
WE LOOK FORWARD FOR YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.
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