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:
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 07:58:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CONGRATULATION:YOU HAVE WON EUROMILLION 2006 LOTTERY!!!
EURO MILLION INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES. LAST QUOTA EXTRAVAGANZA 2006(http://www.virtualworlddirect.com/vwdguest/eu_results.asp)Dear Sir/Madam,It is my pleasure to inform you that the recent draws of the Euro Million International Sweepstakes held on the 20th of October 2006 has been released and updated.For your informaion, your e-mail address was chosen amongst several others and as a result you have been awarded a lump sum of ?,228,704.80 in the second category of this sweepstakes.For further verifications, the E- TICKET numbers are: 10 19 34 45 47 and 03 06.Your main number is: 05 while your lucky star number is 01.This program has been severally abused in the past mainly in RUSSIA, NETHERLANDS and in the UNITED KINGDOM. Therefore we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of false claims and internet Fraud. This advice complies with the Anti-Fraud section 2, sub section (IV) of the procedural manual of the funds disbursement agreement existing between the
Lottery Board and the European Union.Your winning prize will be sent to you by any of our paying institutions i.e. Bank Transfer or Courier Delivery immediately you comply with the directives for claims as instructed by the Lottery Board.Note: You are to keep your winning statement confidential in order to avoid double claim and internet hackers.For further informationE on how to claim your winning, do contact the Agent assigned to you Mr Philip Wells.Email address: email@example.comTo verify the authenticity of your claims and to facilitate the processing and release of your winning, the following informationE should be sent to your Agent:I. Full Name _____________________________________________II. Full contact address_____________________________________________III. Email _____________________________________________IV. Age _____________________________________________V. Sex _____________________________________________VI. Occupation
_____________________________________________VII. Phone number_____________________________________________VIII. Nationality_____________________________________________[This program is sponsored by CFI to compensate faithful Internet suffers around the globe. Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners.]Yours Faithfully,MISS CINDY WILLIAMS.Coordinator: Euro Millions.
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