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: "Philip Churchill" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:52:18 +0000
Subject: Award Winning Notice!!
6 BALL GAMES LOTTERY
233-5 AMITHY GROVE,
We are please to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the 6 BALL
GAMES draw held on 10TH of DECEMBER 2005. All 3 winning addresses were
randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails. Your email
address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd category winner in this month's
draw. Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
£2,000,000 Pounds (Two million pounds) only.
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 05,11,25,31,59 62
(ii) Serial number: 71-2-5166
(iii) Lotto batch number: 6BG-110
(iv) Reference number: WH-904-8
Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:
Claims Department Manager
WILSON & HENRY FINANCIAL FIRM.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
Tel: +44 7040118013
Fax: +44 7005805159
1.All claims are nullified after 10 working days from
2.Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the
3.Do inform the claims officer of any change of names
4.All winne rs under the age of 18 are automatically
5.Please do not reply to this email. Contact your
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