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: "Mary Stewart" <email@example.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2006 13:37:03 -0000
Subject: **ONLINE LOTTERY AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION**
CHELSEA PROMOTIONSAirport Hale Rd HalebarnsAltrincham Cheshire WA15 8XW UKBatch No: WD18/0065/04RNOur Ref: UKNL/255457004/04 TO WINNERS IN OUR PROGRAMWe wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 18th November 2006.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 the game. However, your email address was attached to ticket number 03422478556 with serial number 129 draw the lucky numbers06-09-13-15-40-43-02, which eventually won the lottery in the first category of the draws. Therefore, you have won a lottery jackpot prize awards of £1,500,000.00(one million five hundred thousand pounds Sterling Only) This is from total prize money of US$30,000,000.00 distributed to winners from 1st to 3rd categories. Note that this program was largely
promoted and sponsored by a group of philanthropist, industrialists from the internet ware industry and some other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter.Telephone lines are open between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Friday Customer Service Unit,Tel/Fax No: +44-870-135-2454Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact person: MR CHRISTIAN MIKE.Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent cliams.CONGRATULATIONS !!!At your disposal, we remain.Very Truly Yours,MARY STEWART (Mrs.),Director.International Promotions Unit,Chelsea Promotions LOTTERY,Airport Hale Rd HalebarnsAltrincham Cheshire W
A15 8XW UK