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: DR ADE LOU <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 21:19:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: RE HELP ME TO CLAIM.
RE HELP ME TO CLAIM.
I am Dr. Adeniji Oluyemi of the Internal Affairs Ministry. I have been advised by the Finance Minister to contact you to help us claim this money $70.5million ((SEVENTY MILLION FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES )
DR ADENIJI OLUYEMI
- DR ADE LOU