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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:40:07 +0000
With all due respect,
my name is Richard Abbey and an attorney by profession, in my quest to find a reliable trustee to manage the assets/estate of my late client valued at only $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million US Dollars) I contacted you and it is the only reason why you are receiving this email from me.
I shall be willing to supply you with more detailed information concerning this business project upon hearing back from you.
I have no intention whatsoever to delve into your private life considering the fact that you have never had any communication with me in the past, but due to the nature of this business project based on the fact that I lack the locus-standi to assume the role of the trustee or appoint any of my relation to become the trustee by virtue of the facts and circumstances surrounding this project, I am left with no other choice, but to carry out a discreet search for a reputable person outside the shores of my country and consequently seek your stewardship.
f you wish to render your selfless service, but very rewarding, do provide me with your telephone numbers and home address via email.
I shall provide with more detailed information upon hearing back from you. Thank you, all inconvenience is regretted.
Richard Abbey Esq.
Principal Partner Richard Abbey & Partners.
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