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: ELENA GOMEZ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 14:57:17 +0100
Subject: YOUR AWARD WINNING PRIZE
THE FREELOTTO . S.L
CALLE MENDEZ ALVARO S/N
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the
FreeLotto . draw held on Monday the 24th of July 2006. All 10 winning
addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000
international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as
category 2 winners in this year's Annual FreeLotto . Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
1,000,000 (one million euros) only. The following particulars are
attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 37-13-43-85-67-90
(ii) Email ticket number: FL754/22/76
(iii) Lotto code number: FL09622ES
(iv) The file Ref number: FL/04/736207152/ES
Please contact the under listed claims officer via phone or email
(0034-636-046-414) as soon as possible for the immediate release of your
Mr. Santiago Molina De La Paz
Chief financial Director
The Freelotto S.L
2. Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the
3. Winners should send to claim officer account detail or address where
they want their prize deposited or transfer.
4.Winners must send their names, address, and telephone number and
of identification (international passport or drivers license numbers)
claim officer to process immediate payment of their prize.
Winners are advice to keep this award confidential until prize are
claimed to avert incidence of impersonation by unscrupulous elements.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
The FreeLotto . S.L
The FreeLotto . Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft
Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers, Mackintosh and a
conglomeration of other international IT companies. The freelotto .
Internet draw is held once in a year and is so organized to encourage
the use of the Internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say
that over 200 Million Euros are won annually in more than 150 countries
We also encourage you to visit our website at www.freelotto.com . and
take your chance to play and become part of our daily winners. Millions
are won on a daily basis on one of the world's most famous free lotto