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: staats lotto <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 09:45:40 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON $1,000,000.00 USD.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON $1,000,000.00 USD.
FROM: PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT OF STAATSLOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL: www.staatsloterij.nl
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY"A" WINNER.
Ref. No.- LSLUK/2031/8161/06
BATCH NUMBER: 14/011/IPD.
Contact our claims department by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staatsloterij International has just concluded its final draws of it's periodical promotional program. An exclusive list of email addresses of thousands of individual and corporate bodies were picked by automated random computer search from the internet with serial number 5772-54 drew the lucky numbers 3-4-17-28-35-44. and consequently won in the First Category(One million United States Dollars).
No tickets were sold. Your email address emerged as one of seven winners in the silver stakes category"A" as email addresses were soughted, from a total number of 1,000,000 addresses drawn from all over the globe. After an automated computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only Seven winners emerged in this category and therefore each are to receive payouts of $1,000,000.00 u.s dollars from the total of $7,000,000.00 usd ( Seven million united states Dollar )
However, every email address selected was accompanied by a reference and ticket number,after the cyber lotto selection, the below ticket and reference numbers emerged as one of the lucky winners in the above category.CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Reference number for your prize is:Ref. No.- LSLUK/2031/8161/06
BATCH NUMBER: 14/011/IPD.
ticket number 50941465206-529
To immediately initiate the processing of your prize claim, please contact the under-mentioned at our claims department;
Tel: +31-644 945 401.
Also quote your Reference/Batch numbers in all correspondence with our claims department.
We congratulate you once again and hope that you participate in any of our international programs in the nearest future.
Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!.