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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "uknationallottery200826 Gazeta.pl" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 04:57:35 -0700
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! YOU HAVE WON......
THE BRITISH EXCHANGE ONLINE LOTTERYAWARD
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
AWARD DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS: 13 ROSS-ON-WYE, HEREFORDSHIRE , HR9 5TR
UNITED KINGDOM .
BATCH Nº: 05/2302/5JD
The British Exchange Online Lottery International wishes to inform you the
results of the E-mail address ballot lottery program held on 21st June,
2008. Your email account was selected as a winner of Five Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Pounds Only. (£550,000.00).
This result is now made available to you and your email address attached to
Ticket # 7754286 in the Category A bonus ball 03, 15, 19, 24, 28, and bonus
ball 34. Participants in the draws were randomly selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 e-mail addresses of Individuals/Companies
from Europe, Africa, Americas , Asia, Australia , Canada , Middle East, and New
Zealand as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
We advice that you keep your winning information confidential until your
claims has been processed and your money released to you. This is part of
our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. For the release of your winnings; kindly contact your claims agent
with the following details to expedite the processing of your prize winning.
1. Full name and address.
2. Draw Date
3. Country of Residence.
5. Cell phone
6. Fax number.
To begin your Claim, please contact our Regional Payments/Claims office
Immediately with the following Information's.
Email Address- *firstname.lastname@example.org*
Tel No; +44 703 184 3724.
Fax No: +44 870 471 7531.
All winning must be claimed not later than 14 days from the date of receipt
of this email. After this date all prize-winning will be treated as
Unclaimed. Note; in order to avoid unnecessary delays; remember to quote
your Reference and Batch numbers in all correspondence.
Congratulations once again from all our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our special quarterly promotional Lottery program.
Mr. Jeffrey Copeland
(Information's and Promotion Manager)