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:
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:24:36 +0000
Subject: Loan Offer @1% Interest Rates (Tel:+234-805-330-5348)
I am Mr.Paul Gate(C.E.O)Paul Gate Loan Firm Company..
I am a private loan lender. We give out loans to business people and individuals for just 1% interest rate.We give out local and international loans to any body all over the world. We give out loans via account transfer to whatever country you are.
We are not a bank and we do not require much documents. If you are interested in getting a loan from our company, contact us with the following details.
First Name & Last Name:_________________
Date of Birth:________________________
Amount Needed as Loan:________________
Monthly Income/Yearly Income:_________
In acknowledgment to these details, I will send you a well calculated Terms and Condition which will include the agreement.