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: "Marry Van Pepple" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 06:21:29 +1200
Subject: your E-mail address emerged as a winner in the category "A" Contact your agent.
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 remit surfplus 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
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 9290 OG 0617,Batch Number: PA 346601545-NL/2007
You and other category A winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of
Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
($2,5000,000.00) 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
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 information below:
Fax : +31-847 -147 -474.
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 9290 OG 0617, Batch No: PA 346601545-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.
Marry Van Pepple.
Thank you and