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:
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 13:27:58 +0200
Subject: 3rd category winning notification
THE ROYAL GAMES LOTTERY
UK HEAD OFFICE
10 Cabot Square
We are please to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the ROYAL
GAMES LOTTERY draw held on 7th of February. All 3 winning addresses were
randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails. Your email
address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd category winner in this month's
Consequently,you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of £2,000,000
Pounds ( Two million pounds) only. The following particulars are attached
to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 09, 10, 25, 33, 42, 45
(ii) Email ticket number: 273-1-3221
(iii) Lotto batch number: RG-916
(iv) File Ref. number: BT-512-6
Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:
Claims Department Manager
BOND TRUST LIMITED.
Fax: +44 7005804427
Once again on behalf of all our staff,CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Tel: +44 7040118013
Fax: +44 7005805159
1.All claims are nullified after 10 working days from today.
2.Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3.Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
4.All winners under the age of 18 are automatically dis-qualified.
5.Please do not reply to this email. Contact your claims agent.
The Royal Games Lottery Awards is proudly sponsored by financial Corp's,the
royal group and a conglomerationof other international IT companies. ROYAL
GAMES internet draw is held monthly, and is organized to encourage the use
of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200
Million Pounds are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.
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