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: EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL. <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 04:43:35 -0800
Following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by the Euro Million Lotto corporation in conjunction with the Lotteria Shop Nacional, the Slide circuir award prizes in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products (F.P.S.) held in MADRID Spain and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, wherein your electrononic email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of Euro 1, 500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Euros).
We are delighted to notify you of the result of the Lotteria Shop Nacional programs held on Wednesday the 7th of febuary 2007 and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you. It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it.
REF No: DEN/231-ILGI0431/06, BATCH No: EAPA/15/096/TVFS, TICKET
No: 20511465463-7644, SERIAL No: 472-9768-98, LUCKY No: 8-66-97-22-65-99
Please contact the officer below for further clarification on how process your claims with the paying bank you are required to mention the above particulars of your award in every correspondence addressed to the processing department.
Contact: Dr. Pascal Jose.
Spain (Claim Officer)
Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are expected to provide the following details below to your claims agent:
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE, NUMBERS: 2) FULL NAMES: 3) AGE: 4) OCCUPATION:5) SEX: 6) PHONES AND FAX NUMBERS: 7) EMAIL ADDRESS: 8) COUNTRY OF RESIDENT:9) NATIONALITY: 10) MAILING ADDRESS:
A consortium of software promotion companies sponsors the Awards. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Netscape mail server, Dell Computers, Dutch ya Lotteria Shop Nacional, Movistar, vodaphone Esp, Virgilio mail server, Microsoft and other international companies.
This Internet draw is held periodically no ticket sold and is so organized to encourage the use of the Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide. We are proud to say that over 20 Million Euro is won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Do not reply this mail; you are to contact your claims officer immediately by email. Electronic Mail Lottery is approved and Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).