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: "MR ISA TANKO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:24:18 +0000
Subject: REQUIRE YOUR ASSISTANCE MR ISA TANKO.
MR ISA TANKO. DIRECTOR AUDITING ACCOUNTING UNIT,
BANK OF AFRICA.(BOA)
THIS MESSAGE MIGHTY MEET YOU IN UTMOST SUPRISE, HOWEVER IT'S JUST MY URGENT
NEED FOR FOREIGN PARTNER THAT MADE ME TO CONTACT YOU FOR THIS TRANSACTION.
lAM A BANKER BY PROFESSION FROM BURKINA FASO IN WEST AFRICA AND CURRENTLY
HOLDING THE POST OF DIRECTOR AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT OF THE BANK.
I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF TRANSFERING THE LEFT OVER FUNDS ($15.5 MILLION US
DOLLARS) OF ONE OF MY BANK CLIENTS WHO DIED ALONG WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY ON
31, JULY 2000 IN A PLANE CRASH.
PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATIONS:
NAME: __________SURNAME: ________SEX: _____ AGE: ______MARITAL: ________
COUNTRY: __________CITY: __________STATE _________ZIP CODE: _____________
CONTACT ADDRESS: _____________PHONE NO#_____________FAX NO#__________
OCCUPATION: ______________POSITION: _____________DATE: ___________
HENCE , IAM INVITING YOU FOR A BUSINESS DEAL WHERE THIS MONEY CAN BE SHARED
BETWEEN US IN THE RATION OF 60/30 WHILE 10% WILL BE MAPPED OUT FOR EXPENSES.
IF YOU AGREE TO MY BUSINESS PROPOSAL. FURTHER DETAIL OF THE TRANSFER WILL BE
FORWARDED TO YOU AS SOON AS I RECEIVE YOUR RETURN MAIL AND REPLY TO ME
HAVE A GREAT DAY.