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:
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 11:12:50 +0200
UKMILLION LOTTERY AWARD
Address: 21 florince Rd,
United kingdom Branch.
Ref. Nº: UK/007/05/12/MAD.
Batch. Nº: GHT/2907/333/05.
YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY.
Congratulation! We are pleased to inform to you that your are a decleared winner of star prize of # 667,248.26. (SixHundred And Sixty Seven Thousand,Two Hundred And Fourty Eight Pounds twenty Six Cents).
Your email success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 15th February 2006. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.Your email address attached to ticket star number (4-5) drew the UKMILLION lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the Second category.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AWARDS COMMITEE:
You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive your prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you.This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as we have had cases like this before.
Please send your full Name,Home and Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number, winning ticket number,reference numbers and amount won information to Your claims Agent on the infos below.
Rememer, all winning must be claimed not later than one month.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
Mrs. Emily Simon,
This promotional program takes place every year.It was promoted and sponsored by THE MANAGEMENT OF THE STAATSLOTERIJ COMPANY B.V AND SULTAN OF BRUNEI,we hope with part of your winning, you will take part on our next year 5 million international lottery.