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: =?UTF-8?Q?BANKGIRO_=C2=A0INTERNATIONAL_PROMOTION?= <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 18:34:12 +0100 (CET)
Subject: YOUR MAIL HAVE WON:CONTACT THE AGENT
YOUR MAIL HAVE WON:CONTACT THE AGENT
BANK GIRO LOTERIJ. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM.
VAN EEWGHENSTRAAT 71 1071 GK, AMSTERDAM, THE - NETHERLANDS.
FROM: THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
FROM THE PROMOTIONAL MANAGER
BANK GIRO LOTERIJ WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the selected winners of the BankGiro.nl promotion held on Saturday 4th of November 2006. Your email address attached to ticket number Ticket number 906747820743, with serial number 2197/03 drew the lucky numbers 52-6-39-15-36-1; the lottery was categorized into four zonal (Africa, America, Europe and Asia) stages.
Consequently you have won the promotion in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros) Credited to file REF NO: 428/70/NUL, Batch No. 24/5766/HGM.
All participants in this Program have been selected randomly through a computer Ballot System drawn from over 200, 000, 00 Companies and 30, 000, 00 individual emails address from all search engines and web sites. This promotional program will take place every year until the games begin in Beijing China in 2008. However, winners are only eligible for claims once.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. Presently your winning prize fund has been deposited to the paying bank for safe keep.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. ELIGIBILITY: This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is open to all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email address and who live in any of the aforementioned countries.
Please contact the clearing house (through your claims agent only) the body assigned with the verification of all emergent winner. Therefore all protocols laid down by them must be followed so as to facilitate your claims.
CLAIMS PROCESSING OFFICER.
Mr. CEE JAN WILLIAM
EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
The above claim agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize funds to you, not later than two weeks after this date if you do not contact and process your winning prize, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
Please note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your legal back up legalization/notarization document in court.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to Quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent.
Congratulations once again from all members of staffs and thank you for being part of our
Mevrouw Anges Zwerus.