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: "Elsa Dalton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 12:03:15 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTICE FOR SILVER STAKE WINNER- Ref. No.- RNL/051/652659968/UK
FROM: PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT OF ROYAL NATIONAL LOTTERY, WINNING NOTICE FOR
SILVER STAKE WINNER- Ref. No.- RNL/051/652659968/UK
Royal National Lottery has just concluded its final draws of it's periodical
promotional program. An exclusive ist of email addresses of thousands of
individual and corporate bodies were picked by automated random computer
search from the internet. No tickets were sold. Your email address emerged
as one of seven winners in the silver stakes category as email addresses
were soughted, from a total number of 1,000,000 addresses drawn from all
over the globe. After an automated computer ballot of our International
Promotions Program, only SEVEN winners emerged in this category and
therefore each are to receive payouts of 1,500,000.00 EURO from the total of
10,500,000.00 EURO(TEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO). However, every
email address selected was accompanied by a reference and ticket number,
after the cyber lotto selection, the below ticket and reference numbers
emereged as one of the lucky winners in the above
Reference number for your prize is:Ref. No.- RNL/051/652659968/UK
Ticket No.- RNL87868UK
For the your prize claim processing, we have employed the service of an
lnternational Trust firm. They are to handle the transfer of your cash prize
of 1,500,000.00 EURO in line with our procedures and upon your
directions.Your prize has been insured to its full value with your email
address and will be transferred to you under their professional service.
To immediately initiate the processing of your prize claim, please contact
our financial handlers Bond Finance & Securities Company, below are the
contact information of their FINANCIAL DIRECTOR;
Mr. Leonard Walter
Bond Finance & Securities Company
In your best interest(s), you must initiate contact within two weeks of
receipt of this correspondence, Bond Finance & Securities Company, are to
handle all matters with regards to claiming of your prize money. You are
also advised to send a copy of this email, to your claims agent Mr. Leonard
Walter, when contacting him.
You may be required to provide any of the above information during the
process of collecting your prize. We congratulate you once again and it is
our hope that you participate in any of our international programs in the
Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!.
Royal National Lottery,