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: "INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 14:38:04 +0500
Subject: YOUR WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR USING THE INTERNET.
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE INTERNET USER LOTTERY
PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
Dear Internet User,
YOUR WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR USING THE INTERNET.
I am pleased to inform you that one of the best things that can happen to
any Internet user is to be rewarded for spending money and time on the
Internet. You may not have known that over one hundred billion people daily
surf the Internet on regular basis for one reason or other. These Internet
users including yourself, pay access fees to various Internet Service
Providers (ISP) all over the word who in turn remmit surplus funds to the
numerous World Wide Internet Technology Companies (WWITC) for the
development and advancement of Global Information Technology.
So much money is generated from people like you all over the World for
using the Information Superhighway (the Internet) without your being aware
the enormous sum that go to the stake holders (WWWITC).Without your
patronage, this would not have been possible. After we conducted a research
on the issue, we concluded that Internet users should be compensated. As a
result, we embarked on a worldwide lottery promotion with a sophisticated
automated database to randomly select E-mail accounts that frequently surf
the Internet. Consequent upon this, your E-mail address was picked for
Category A Winners.
After the automated computer ballot, your E-mail address emerged as a
winner in the category "A" with the following numbers attached Ref Number:
PW EH 9590 OG 0612,Batch Number: PA 563881545-NL/2007
You and other category A winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of
Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($2,500,000.00)
respectively from the total payout of One Billion US Dollars earmarked in
the lottery for category A winners.
Your prize award has been insured with your E-mail address, which qualified
you for the lottery and will be transferred to you upon meeting our
requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and
satisfactory proof of E-mail address ownership.
To file in for the processing of your money, you are advised to contact our
certified and accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the
Name: Kevin Dotcha
You will provide him with the following information:
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter
unclaimed funds would be forfeited after a trio repeated forwarding of this
message to you without your response. Remember to quote your reference
information in all correspondence.
(Ref No: PW EH 9590 OG 0612, Batch No: PA 563881545-NL/2007),
You are to keep all lotto information confidential, especially your
reference numbers and the password of your E-mail address. Since we do not
know you, if an impostor hacks your E-mail account ID and claims your money
without our knowledge, we shall not be liable. Double claims will not be
entertained so be careful. Furthermore, should there be any change of
address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations! Thank you for being a user of the World Wide Web.
Thank you and