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: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 06:48:54 -0500 (CDT)
St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
We happily announce to you the draw (#997) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on 29/08/2006 .Draw 997.
It is yet to be unclaimed and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regards this.
Your e-mail address attached to ! ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 03. 25. 36. 39. 42. 47. Bonus Ball which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 410, 000, 00 Pounds (four Hundred and ten thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of 1.230 million Pounds shared amongst the(3)lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
n view of this, your 410,000,00 Pounds (four Hundred and ten thousand Pounds Sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Endeavor to email/fax him your full names, winning numbers, email address, telephone and fax numbers immediately.Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Daniela James (Mrs.)
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes International Program.Online Winnings Notifications