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: "info maile" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 15:22:14 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU HAVE WON LOTRY.
Euromillion Loteria Español
Paseo De La Castellana 15-89, 28008 Madrid.
Ref. Nº: ES/007/05/12/MAD.
Batch. Nº: GHT/2907/333/05.
YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY.
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 2th November,2005. 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.
Your email address attached to ticket star number (4-5) drew the EUROMILLION
lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the Second
category. You have been approve for the star prize of EUR ? 667,248.26.(Six
Hundred And Sixty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred And Fourty Eight Euros. Twenty
You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive
your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you.This is a
protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as we
have had cases like this before, please send your Full Name,Home and Office
Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket number,reference
numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund to
our registered claim agent in addrres below.
sole Security agency.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 25th
November,2005.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
Mr. Natalia Kent.
The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to
whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorised use, disclosure or copying is
strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper
transmission of this communication nor for any delay in its receipt.