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: winners award <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:49:21 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOUR EMAIL HAS WON.
FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED
LICENSED LOTTERY PROMOTERS.
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY +A WINNER
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: ELECTRONIC LOTTO PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of Lotto International Netherlands programs.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 35,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category +A with the following:
Ref Number: PC 390 ES 215
Batch Number: 26371545-LNI/2006
Ticket Number: PCP 002 874
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of 950,000.00. (Nine Hundred And Fify Thousand Euro Only) each from the total payout.Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised
to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category +A winners with the information below:
Mr. Vin Martins,
Remittance Department Director,
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information
as soon as possible:
1. Name in full
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 30 days. After this
date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to
quote your reference information in all correspondence.
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).
Thank you and congratulations!!!
Mrs. Karin Poel,
Lotto International Netherlands