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: "Richard SessimX" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 15:21:57 +0000
FROM:DR. RICHARD SESSIME.THE MANAGER INTERNATIONAL
LOME TOGO.DEAR FRIEND:
I GOT YOUR CONTACT DURING MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE, HONEST AND A TRUST WORTHY PERSON TO ENTRUST THIS HUGE TRANSFER PROJECT WITH. MY NAME IS DR. RICHARD SESSIME. I AM THE MANAGER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK LOME TOGO,ADIDOGOME BRANCH. I AM A TOGOLIASE MARRIED WITH THREE KIDS.
I AM WRITING TO SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THE TRANSFER OF US$3,800.000.00.THIS FUND IS THE EXCESS OF WHAT MY BRANCH IN WHICH I AM THE MANAGER MADE AS PROFIT DURING THE LAST YEAR`S AUDITION. I HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED AN APPROVED END OF THE YEAR REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2006 TO MY HEAD OFFICE HERE IN LOME AND THEY WILL NEVER KNOW OF THIS EXCESS. I HAVE SINCE THEN, PLACED THIS AMOUNT OF US$3,800.000.00 ON A SUSPENCE ACCOUNT WITHOUT A BENEFICIARY.
AS AN OFFICER OF THE BANK, I CANNOT BE DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THIS MONEY THUS I AM IMPELLED TO REQUEST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TO RECEIVE THIS MONEY INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OR IF YOU WANT IT TO BE DELIVERED TO YOU THROUGH DIPLOMATIC MEANS IN CASH FORM IT'S POSSIBLE BUT YOUR COMPLIANCES,CONFIDENTIALITY AND HONESTY IS THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS.
I INTEND TO PART 30% OF THIS FUND TO YOU WHILE 70% SHALL BE FOR ME. I DO NEED TO STRESS THAT THERE ARE PRACTICALLY NO RISK INVOLVED IN THIS. IT'S GOING TO BE A BANK-TO-BANK TRANSFER OR THROUGH DIPLOMATIC MEANS IN CASH FORM,IT'S DEPENSE ON YOU. ALL I NEED FROM YOU IS TO STAND AS THE ORIGINAL DEPOSITOR OF THIS FUND.
IF YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER, I WILL APPRECIATE YOUR TIMELY RESPONSE. SO THAT I CAN GIVE YOU MORE INFORMATION.
WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU URGENT PLS.
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