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: "gloria kooij" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 12:54:00 +0000
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: PRIZE AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws of Trust International Lottery programs.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of
25,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an
advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one
of two winners in the category "A" with the following:
Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
Batch Number: 26371545-LNI/2005
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of
TWO MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ONLY ($2,500,000.00) each
from the total payout.
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to
contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category "A"
winners with the information below:
MR. STANLEY MONA,
De Amsterdam Port 888
1102 MG Amsterdam
You are expected to provide the following details below to your claims
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS
2) FULL NAMES
4) MAILING ADDRESS
5) PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
6) EMAIL ADDRESS
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 20 days. After this date
all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote
your reference information in all correspondence.
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public
especially your reference and batch numbers. (This is important as a case
of double claims will not be entertained).
Anybody under the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!
Trust International Lottery