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: =?iso-8859-1?q?Debbie=20Molina?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 02:46:52 +0000 (GMT)
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
REF NO :EAA222147013545
BATCH NO :17/000/AEY
We gladly announce to you the draw of the WELFARE LOTTERY,online International program held on the, 21st of April, 2006.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 034-1416-4612-750 with Serial number 53-68-05 drew the lucky numbers: 00-48-20-23-44-77, which subsequently won you the lottery in category C. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$20,000,000,00 (Twenty million united states dollars) in cash credited to file REF NO :EAA222147013545. This is from a total cash prize of US$100,000,000.00(one hundred million united states dollars) shared amongst the FIVE (5 ) lucky winners in this category.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide email balotting through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place Annually. In view of this, your US$20,000,000.00 (twenty million united states dollars) shall be released to you by your claims agent.To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Details of your claims agent is stated below:
MR. STEVE MASON
BOND FINANCE SERVICES
You must contact BOND FINANCE SERVICES not later than 14(FOURTEEN) banking days upon receipt of this notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. All correspondences to STEVE MASON, either by fax or email, should have this EMAIL sent along with it and also, your FULL ADDRESS, YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE and your EMAIL ADDRESS to which this email is sent. you are advised to keep your winning confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with BOND FINANCE SERVICES. Furthermore, should therebe any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations from all our staff and we hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$2 billion International Lottery.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent
- Debbie Molina