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: "GAMING ASSOCIATION" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:57:42 -0100
Subject: IT HAS HAPPEND!!!
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT
Attn Lucky Winner,
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER ONLY
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the last final annual draw of our Lottery International Programs.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the
internet. No tickets were sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as a winner in the category "A" with the following numbers attached Ref Number: PW 9590 ES 9414,Batch Number: 573881545-NL/2005
and Ticket Number: PP 3502 /8707-01
You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $1,500,000.00. (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from the total payout CONGRATULATIONS!!!. Your prize award has been insured
with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
To file in for the processing of your prize winnings, you are advised to contact our Certified and Accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the information below:
Name: Palmer Chris
Phone: +31 645 533 149
You are advice to provide him with the following information:
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.
You are to keep all lotto information confidential, especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).Members of the affiliate agencies
are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!
This email may contain information which is confidential and/or privileged. The information is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware
that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents is prohibited. If you have received this electronic transmission in error,please notify the sender by telephone or return email and delete the
material from your computer.