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: TINAPA LOTTO INTERNATIONAL <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 10:41:58 -0500
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT RONALD W. JOHNSON.(TINAPA LOTTO INTERNATIONAL) PRIZE AWARD DEPT. Dear Winner, Congratulations on your winning.
We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS HELD ON THE 20th December 2007.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:021-7276083-04 with serial number:31270-0 drew lucky numbers:05-06-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) in cash credited to file with REF: EGS/3662367114/13. Note that all participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Officials and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and websites,from Asia, Australia, NewZealand, Europe, North and South America,Middle East and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program.
This is to IMPROVE THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION WORLDWIDE and to ENCOURAGE THE USE OF INTERNET AND COMPUTERS WORLDWIDE.We advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to your account.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. We look forward to your active participation in our next 4 million dollars slot.To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims agent through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below: Call him on phone immediately you get this message. Dr Charles McMurray.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Phone: +27-737-436-562 1. Name in full 2. Address 3. Nationality 4. Age 5. Occupation 6. Phone/Fax 7. Batch Number 8. Serial Number You are also advised to provide your claim agent with the above listed information as soon as possible send it to his two email address above. All winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of this notice.
TINAPA LOTTO PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD TO BE HELD IN SOUTH AFRICA. Once again congratulations. Sincerely,RONALD W. JOHNSON.VICE PRESIDENT.TINAPA LOTTO INT'L PROTOCOLS AND GRAND (FOR TINAPA LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.)
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