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: "Martins Johnson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 14:22:50 +0100
Subject: CAN YOU DO THIS TRANSACTION?Genuine by Virtue,Pls Respond
ATTORNEY MARTINS JOHNSON
PMB 40004,FALOMO POST,
I AM ATTORNEY MARTINS JOHNSON OF UNITED STATES WORKING WITH NIGERIA DRUG AND
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY[NDLEA]ON MONEY LAUNDRY AND ANTI-DRUG TRAFFICKING TO
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,I WANT YOU TO BE THE NEXT OF KIN TO A TRUNK OF
MONEY, WHICH WAS DISCOVERED BY NIGERIA DRUG AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCY[NDLEA] I AM THE ATTORNEY HANDLING THE CASE,SO I FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS
IDENTIFY TO AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION,SO YOU CAN SEE THAT I HAVE THE POWER TO
IDENTIFY IT TO SOMEBODY.TOP RANKING OFFICERS OF NDLEA'S ARE INVOLVED
SECURITY 100% GUARANTEE/LEGAL.
ALL I WANT IS YOUR ASSISTANCE TO PRESENT YOU AS THE RIGHTFUL OWNER OF THE
AMOUNT IN THE TRUNK IS $10.5MILLION DOLLARS,OUR SHARING RATIO IS
50/40/10,50% FOR ME 40% FOR YOU
AND 10% FOR ANY EXPENSES IN CURE DURING TRANSACTION.YOUR HONESTY AND SECRECY
REQUIRED.DON'T WORRY I WILL DO THE SHIPPING TO YOU DESTINATION,IF YOU ARE OK
WITH MY PROPOSAL MAIL ME BACK WITH THESE INFO:
YOUR FULL NAME
DIRECT TELEPHONE OR CELL NUMBER
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
AGE AND OCCUPATION
CAN YOU DO THIS TRANSACTION?Genuine by Virtue,Pls Respond