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: batenburg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 18:59:31 -0700
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS SELECTED
EUROPEAN PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the
International programs held on the 25/08/2006. Your
attached to ticket number :EL-23133 with serial number:
EL-35,lottery ref number: EL-9318 and drew lucky
which consequently won in the 1st category, you have
therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million,
Five Hundred Thousand
United States dollars).
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has
been processed and your
money Remitted to you. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from
over 40,000 company and 20,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from
all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year. This
promoted and sponsored by a group of successful
electronic dealers.we hope with
part of your winning,you will take part in our next
year US$20 million
international lottery. To file for your claim, please
contact our paying officer:
Contact Person:Mr Frank Andries (Lottery Director)
Mr Abbott Van Batenburg
Fax :+ 31-847-582-416