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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 22:24:59 -0100
Subject: YOUR EMAIL WON!!! CONGRATULATIONS.
YOUR EMAIL WON!!! CONGRATULATIONS
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT
Attn Lucky Winner,
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER ONLY
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the last final annual draw of
our Lottery International Programs.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of
942,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by
an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as a
winner in the category "A" with the following numbers attached Ref Number:
PW 9590 ES 9414,Batch Number: 573881545-NL/2006 and Ticket Number: PP 3502
You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. (Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from the total payout
CONGRATULATIONS!!!. 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 file in for the processing of your prize winnings, you are advised to
contact our Certified and Accredited claims agent for category "A" winners
with the information below:
Name: Daniel Rockson
phone: +31 649 224 396
You are advice to provide him with the following information:
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter
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 confidential, especially your
reference and ticket numbers. This is important as a case of double claims
will not be entertained. Members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and
thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!