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: "lottery winners" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 22:52:22 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!WINNING NOTIFICATION
--E.A.A.S Lottery175 Woodhill Roadkidbrooke,se3 9nnlondon, uk.Date:26:11:2005
Dear Winner,Your ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/05 drew the lucky number: 22Congratulations, you have just won yourself $2.5 million USD in the satellite software email lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by software powered by the Internet.You email address was amongst those chosen this quarter and you are to contact our Financial Controller for Clearance. Here are the contact info:Financial controller:Mr Brick Waynes WilliamsEmail: email@example.com no:+447023058844You are to forward the following details to enable us clear your file for immediate payment:1.Full Names:2.Address:3.Age:4.Sex:5.Marital Status:6.Occupation:7.Phone and fax numbers :8.Country:Yours faithfully,Sir williams ben.Cyber Analyst