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: Ban-Ki Moon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:14:12 -0800 (PST)
Subject: ATTENTION:CONTACT MR JIM OVIA FOR YOUR DRAFT
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- UNITED NATIONS / WORLD BANK COMPENSATION UNIT. Our Ref: U.N/WBO/042UK/08. Attention: My good friend, How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?, You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the past 7 months which just ended 2 days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 500,000.00. This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed. You are advised to contact Mr Jim Ovia of our paying center in Africa, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$500,000.00. This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok?, so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you. Contact Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque at the given address below: Bank Name: Zenith Bank Plc. PERSON TO CONTACT: MR. JIM OVIA E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org, PHONE: +234-803-549-0951 I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. Making the world a better place. Regards, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. http://www.un.org/sg