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 Morgan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 11:59:02 +0200
Subject: CONTACT UNITED POSTAL SERVICE FOR THE DELIVERY OF YOUR PACKAGE
It has been long i heard from you, what is going on? i want to inform you
that i have taking your package box of ($1.500.000.00) One Million five
hundred thousand united state dollars to United Postal Service Courier
company (UPS) benin republic for them to send it to you. I meet the manager
of United Postal Service courier company and i spoke with him he told me
that they will delivery your package box to your door step with a cheeper
rate, which he said that it will cost you the sum of $155 dollars to deliver
the package to you. He further told me that as soon as they hear from you
they will deliver the package box to you without any delay.
Now i want you to contact United Postal Service courier company for the
release of the package, i have submited the package box to them. The
director name is: ( Dr Obi Ginters ).
Telephone: +229 9344-5791
Send them your full information to enable them locate you when they get to
your country ok.
Please do get back to me as soon as you have contacted United Postal Service
Mr Morgan James