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: "national lottery 2002" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 05:10:46 -0700
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !!
Euro Afro American Lottery promotion
>From the desk of: Mrs Sandra Nzama
CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR WINNING:
We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World cup Bid
lottery Award International programs held in Zurich, Switzerland. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9665 75604546 199 with ! Serial
number 97560 drew the winning:60/84/27/17/36, which subsequently won you
the lottery award in the 2nd category. Your name have therefore
been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,000.000.00 (Two million United
States Dollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9030108308/03 .This is from a
total cash prize of US $ 30,000,000.00 (Thirty million United States
dollars) shared among the first 200 lucky winners in this category
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our lottery booklet
representative office in
South Africa as indicate in the play coupon. In view of this, your US
$2,000.000 ( Two Million United
States Dollars ) would be released to through the assistance of our agent in
South Africa immediately he commence the process to facilitate the release
of your funds as soon as you contacted him.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000,00 companies and
individual emails address.
The lottery programe took place to promote South Africa's 2010 world cup
award. For security reasons,you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you
in whatever manner you deem fit
to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please you are advised to file for your claim immediately through our agent
Mr Nelson Vusi
immediately you received this message because you stand a risk of loosing
the prize if you fail to claim
within a month from the day you received this notification.His e-mail
address is :firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Sandra Nzama
pls use this E-mail:email@example.com