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: "lucky winner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 03 Dec 2006 21:47:13 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON
MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY NL.
REF NO: MSW/56B-672GH/L
Finally today, we announce the winners of the MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO
WINNINGS PROGRAMS held early this month 2006. Your company or your personal
e-mail address, attached to winning number 23-76-06-54-42-100, With serial
number 647489, consequently won in the 1st lottery category.
You have been approved for lump sums pay out of $1,000,000,00 US Dollars in
cash Credited to file REF NO: MSW/56B-672GH/L and winning number
23-76-06-54-42-100. Selection process was carried out through random
selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a
database of over 1,000,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of
The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses
from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and
corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from
the internet. No ticket were sold but all email addresses were assigned to
different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. This is to
encourage our prominent Microsoft Internet Explorer users all over the
world, and for the Continues use of E-mail.
Your fund (Certified Cashiers Cheque) has been insured with your REF NO:
MSW/56B-672GH/L and winning number 23-76-06-54-42-100. To claim your winning
prize, you must first contact the claims department by email for Processing
and remittance of your prize to you.
Name: Mr.Peter Smith
Do email the above email address all at once. In order to avoid unnecessary
delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and
winning numbers in all correspondences with your claims officer. You are to
keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your
ticket number and ballot number.
(This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained)
Dr. Phillip George
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