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: "judith moore" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 10:09:43 +0000
Subject: Winning Notification
EUROPE INTERCONTINENTAL LOTTERY
16th Floor SABC Radio Park Building Henley Road
Auckland Park, ZA-2006 LONDON UK.
FILE REFERENCE NO:
TO WINNERS IN OUR PROGRAM
We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting
sweepstake held recently.
This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses
were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet
users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. However,
your email address was attached to ticket number 10CBG3471913; with
serial number 19034 draw the lucky numbers 1-9-74-31, which eventually
won the lottery in the first category of the draws. This entitled to a cash
award of US$ I, 00,000.00 (ONE MILLION U.SDOLLARS).
This is from total prize money of US$30,000,000.00 distributed
to winners in the 3rd categories.
Note that this program was largely promoted and sponsored by a group of
philanthropist, industrialists from the internet ware industry and some
other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous.
To begin your claim, please contact the claims coordinator with the
NATIONALITY/ CONTACT POSTAL ADDRESS,RESIDENTIAL/OFFICE
ADDRESS/POSITION IN YOUR COMPANY/TELEPHONE AND FAX
Mr Jasper Newman
Universal Trust Inc.
with these informations,
Mrs Judith Moore,
Public Relations Officer
Europe intercontinental lottery.