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: "ROSE" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 12:08:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: GBF INTERNATIONAL/FREELOTTO
GBF INTERNATIONAL INC.THE FREE LOTTO COMPANYSA HEAD OFFICESUITE 23-30, LION TOWERSCENTRAL SANDTONJOBURG SOUTH AFRICA
My name is Mrs. ROSE MFULA, and on the behalf of GBF INTERNATIONAL/FREELOTTO COMPANY OF SOUTH AFRICA, I wish to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Free Lotto draw held on the 16th of March 2006. Nov 15 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. Your email address emerged along side 9 others as a 2nd category winner in this year's Annual Free Lotto Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 750,000.00 US Dollars ( Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars only).The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 37-13-43-85-67-11(ii) Email ticket number: FL754/22/76(iii) Lotto code number: FL09622SA(iv) The file Ref number: FL/04/736207152/SA
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
MR.ALEX LUMKANORTHGATE CONSULTSDEPARTMENT OF CLAIMS.COLDHARBOUR LANEJOBURG , SOUTH AFRICATEL: + 27-73-1954-980FAX:27-865157-352EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org
This email notification is auto-generated and it is valid for four weeks. Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Sincerely,Mrs. ROSE MFULA
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