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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: DR.ELIZABETH HANKS. <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 04:06:07 +0200
Subject: ************************CONGRATULATIONS !!! (Your Email Address Won This Lottery). ************************
BILL NOTIFICATION DESK
3b Olympic Way,
Sexton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool, L30 1RD
We happily announce to you the draw (#989) of the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL =
Sweepstakes International program held on 28th September 2007.Your e-mail =
address attached to
ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky =
(13)-(43)-(06)-(15)-(02)-(40)bonus #(09).Which subsequently won you the =
lottery in the 2nd category
i.e match 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of =A3500,000 (Five =
hundred thousand pounds
sterling) in cash credited to file no KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of =A32,000,000.00 shared amongst the first =
four lucky winners in this category
i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World =
Wide Web through computer
draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and =
corporate bodies that are listed online.
This promotion takes place bianually.
Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our European booklet =
representative office in
Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your =A3500,000 (five hundred thousand pounds sterling) =
would be released to you by any of our
Affiliate department.Our agent will immediately commence the process to =
facilitate the release of your
funds as soon as you contact him/her.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information =
confidential till your claim is
processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to =
claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and =
unwarranted abuse of this
program. Please be warned !!!
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent :
MR ED JACOBS
E MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
Director.International Promotions Unit,
CLAIM FIDUCIARY AGENT
WARNING!!! ANY MAIL RECIEVED OF THIS SUCH WITH ANY OTHER TRADE MARK OR =
SHOULD BE FOWARDED TO THIS BOX IMMEDIATELY,
THIS WILL HELP US TO FIGHT SCAM AND LOTTERY IMPOSTERS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR