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: Aronu Chinedu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 23:56:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION OF $3.6m MILLION USA DOLLARS
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- Attention Please, I am Mr.Aronu Chinedu and I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred. Now I want you to contact my secretary on his email address below and receive your compensation of $3.6m from him:NAME: Mr.Ife Sinachi EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information: Your full name_________________________ Your address__________________________ Your country___________________________ Your age______________________________ Your occupation________________________ Your cell Phone number______________________ Note that if you did not send him the above information complete, he will not release the cheque to you because he has to be sure that it is you. Ask him to send you the total sum of ($2.5m )USD CASHIER'S CHEQUE ,which I kept for you. Note also that I will not be reached by email or phone for now because I am currently away in Japan for investment purpose with my share and I will be busy till about six months time or a year. Best regards, Mr.Aronu Chinedu