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: "Microlottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:24:08 +1100
MICRO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
VIJZELSTRAAT 56, 1017 HD,
FILE REFERENCE NO:GB2005-001-MLI
TO WINNERS IN OUR PROGRAM
We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting
sweepstake held on 31th October 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.
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$ 2, 500,000.00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S
DOLLARS). This is from total prize money of US$30,000,000.00
distributed to winners from 1st to 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
Mr Fritz Hartgers
Email address: email@example.com
TEL: +31 617 636 209
For: Micro Lottery Int'l
MRS. DENSIE DE HOLIDRIJK