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: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 02:16:08 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Reminder Notification.!!
FROM:BANK GIRO LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: 11/621/2PDH /NL
From: The Promotion Director.
International Promotion Dept.
RESULTS OF CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations!! We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of Bank Giro Loterij Winners International programs.The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 20.000.00 companies/ corporate bodies and 30.000.000 individual email addresses from Europe, North & South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East and Africa, picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it."NO TICKETS WERE SOLD".
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of the winners in the category "A" with the following:
REFERENCE NUMBER: BGL/006194/240
Batch Numbers: B04/N450-28
Serial number : 00903228/06
You as well as the other winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of Euro1.000.000.00 (One Million Euros), each as payout for Category A winners.This is from the total prize money of Euros12.000.000 shared among the 12 winners in this category. 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:
FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER
MR. ROLAND BOSMAN.
BANK GIRO LOTERIJ SECURITY DEPARTMENT.
You are expected to provide the following details below to your claims agent:
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS
2) FULL NAMES
5) MAILING ADDRESS
6) PHONES AND FAX NUMBERS
7) EMAIL ADDRESS
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 20 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 lottery information away from the general public especially your reference and Batch numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).
Congratulations once again from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Mrs.Ken Van Willemila .
N. B. Any breach of confidentiality Or Secrecy on the part of the
winners will result to disqualification and if you are below 18 years of age, you are automatically disqualified. Please do not reply to this mail.
Contact your Claims agent immediately.
The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorised use, disclosure or copying is strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper transmission of this communication nor for any delay in its receipt