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: "Euro Million" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:18:16 +0000
Subject: YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY. AWARD 2005.
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
sweepstake held on 30th November, 2005. This is a millennium scientific
computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional
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
numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund to
our registered claim agent in addrres below.
mainland trustma Service
Address: Avenida de America 12
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 23th December,
note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to
quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
Mrs. Emily Simon,
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