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: Gary Straits <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 12:04:48 -0800 (PST)
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- Yahoo Awards Center 124 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M60 2DB - United Kingdom Dear Winner, This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of GBP250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great BritainPounds) for the January, 2009 Promotion which is Organized by YAHOO AWARDS & WINDOWS LIVE. YAHOO! collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Six people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners. PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Yahoo Prize Award must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. Stated below are your identification numbers: BATCH NUMBER: YPA/07/APA-43658 REFERENCE NUMBER: 2008281522 PIN: 1206 These numbers fall within the England Location file and you are required to contact our fiduciary agent in Manchester and send your winning identification numbers to him; Name of Agent: Mr. Richard Don E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Keep your winning information confidential to avoid making double claim and possible cancellation of winning. Accept our sincere congratulations. Regards, Gary Straits (Prize Administrator) YAHOO & WINDOWS LIVE AWARD WINNERS FOR JANUARY 2009 copyright © 1994-2008 Il Yahoo & Windows Live Award Lottery Inc. 7635 476378 255667460