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: "JAMES KONAN" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 00:47:51 +0200
Subject: RE: GREETING,
I THANK GOD IN THE FIRST PLACE FOR GRANTING ME THIS
OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITING TO YOU. MY LETTER RATHER COME TO YOU AS A VERY BIG SURPRISE, PLEASE BEAR IT WITH ME AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE BEST
OPPORTUNITY I HAVE IN MY PRESENT SITUATION.I GOT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS THROUGH THE INTERNET, WHEN I WAS SEARCHING FOR A RELIABLE GOD FEARING PERSON, WHO WILL NOT BETRAY ME IN THE COLLECTION OF FUNDS BELONG TO ME , I WANT YOU TO CONTACT THE FINANCE HOUSE ON MY BEHALF.
MY NAME IS JAMES KONAN, FROM COTE D'LVOIRE, PRESENTLY RESIDING IN DAKAR-SENEGAL WITH MY YOUNGER SISTER. MY LATE FATHER MR.KOULIBALY KONAN, HAVE A BIG CACAO FARM IN MY COUNTRY BEFORE HIS SUDDEN DEATH DURING THE CRISES IN MY COUNTRY HE WAS KILLED BY THE REBEL WHEN HE WENT TO INSPECT ONE OF HIS CACAO FARM .
MY LATE FATHER DEPOSITED A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY
(US$12.5 MILLION DOLLARS) IN A FINANCE HOUSE FOR FUTURE INVESTMENT. I'M SOLICITING FOR YOUR HAND IN PARTNERSHIP AS TO COME UP SO THAT WE CAN BOTH THINK OF A PROFITABLE INVESTMENT TO START WITH THIS FUNDS IN YOUR COUNTRY. I HAVE NOT HANDLE SUCH A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY BEFORE, I ALSO DON'T INTEND TO INVEST THIS MONEY IN MY COUNTRY AND I AM NOT INTO BUSINESS, THEREFORE I NEED YOUR HELP TO INVEST THIS MONEY .
I WANT YOU TO HELP ME AND MY YOUNGER SISTER .
(1)WE WILL CONTINUE OUR EDUCATION IN YOUR COUNTRY.
(2) YOU WILL INVEST THIS MONEY FOR US.THE DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THIS DEPOSITING OF FUNDS ARE INTACT WITH ME, I WILL SEND IT TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU INDICATE YOUR INTEREST IN GOING INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU 10% OF THE TOTAL MONEY ,THEN AFTER. I WILL SET ASIDE 5% FOR ANY EXPENSES THAT MIGHT BE INCURRED DURING THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSACTION.YOUR PROMPT RESPONSE IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED GOD BLESS YOU.