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: "AWARD2007" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 19:59:05 -0700
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ID HAVE WON PRIZE
East-West Australia Lottery,
9701 Alexander Mall, Adelaide,
(East-West Australia Lottery is an affiliate of MCI Networks).
Santon Square, Complex 21, Netherlands.
From: Ms. VERA KALIHOFF.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the East-West Australia
Lottery (international program) held on the 26th April. 2007. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket #: 34090322816 with prize # 43568000/12 drew
1,000,000.00 which was first in the 1st Category of the draws. You have
been approved to receive 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros).Because of claims
mix-up and the limited time claims pay-outs, we will advice that you keep
your winning information confidential until your prize (1,000,000.00) has
been remitted to you by our accredited paying bank. You must adhere to this
instructions strictly to avoid loss of your cash prize this program has
been abused severally, so we are doing all we can to forestall further abuse
by way of wrong claims. It's important to note that this draws were
conducted formally under the watchful eyes of over 45,000 audiences. Winners
are selected through an internet ballot system from 160,000 personal and
corporate e-mail addresses. The program sponsored/supported by MCI Networks
in conjunction with South-West Australia lottery. Congratulate you once
again. We hope you will use part cash prize to participate in our next mega
draws of 85million. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than
10-days after you receive this notification. Failure to claim your cash
prize after this date will result in prize forfeiture. Please, in order to
avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote personal and
winning numbers in correspondence with paying bank.
Please contact the paying bank with your information for the immediate
remittance of your funds.
Kindly send them the following:
(i). your names,
(ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Contact Address
(iv) Your winning numbers
(v) Quote amount won.
Contact the paying bank with the following:
Contact person: Mr Jim Benson
Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,
Ms. VERA KALIHOFF