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: "LOTTO NL COMPANY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 17:27:02 -0900
LOTTO NL COMPANY
log into: www.lotto.nl
FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
THE LOTT0 NL COMPANY: WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION.CONGRATULATIONS!!!
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Lotto
NL draw held on the 15th November, 2006. All 10 winning addresses were
randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. Your
email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this
year's Annual Lotto nl Draw.Consequently, you have therefore been approved
for a total pay out of 1,000,000 Us Dollars (one million Dollars) only. In
order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote
your reference number and batch numbers:
1, ticket number 20711465897-6291
3, the file Ref number: 232/656/4509
4, lucky numbers8-16-18-23-31-45
5, lotto code number: FL09622Holland
there will be lots of cash for if we have the winning ticket!
Please contact the Dr John peter as soon as possible to get your winning
Advocate Dr John Peters
Telephone number +31 -617-862-277
For processing and remittance of your cash to a designated account of your
choice. Remember, all winnings must be claim not later than November 30th,
2006, after this date, unclaimed funds will be returned to the International
Lotto, you should contact advocate Dr john peters about the claimant
procedures, send your fax and telephone to Advocate Dr John Peters, this
will enable his office to send the claims application form (A4) to you the
Congratulations once again, from all members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotions
program.reply to -- email@example.com
Once again congratulations.
The Lotto Company
Holland & Europe.