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: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 04:55:06 +0200
Subject: FROM LOTTERY AWARDS COMMITTEE LONDON
LONDON METROPILTAN LOTTERY BOARD
(LOTTERY AWARDS COMMITTEE)
1 Horse Guards Road London SW1A 2HQ
Tel: +44 703 186 0697 Fax: +44 870 479 8498
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 22/07/2008
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION TO THE TUNE OF ONE MILLION POUNDS STERLINGS (£I, 000,000.00)
REFERENCE Nº: EGS/2251256003/03
BATCH Nº: 14/0017/1PD
We wishes to inform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery program by the above Lottery board in conjunction with apple technologies Inc held on 20 Junel 2008. Your email account was selected as a winner of One Million Pounds Only (£1000, 000.00). This program is being sponsored by the London metropolitan council in conjunction with apple technologies Inc to encourage the use of internet and as well attract foreign tourist in promoting London bid to host the Olympics Games in 2012.
This result is now made available to you and your email address attached to Ticket # 044595 in the Category A bonus ball 10, 18, 22, 35, 28, 35, and bonus ball 43. Participants were selected through a computerized ballot system drawn from company and individual email addresses users.
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 Mr. Clive Newman on Tel: +44 703 186 0697 Fax: +44 870 471 2317 Email: email@example.com with the following details to expedite the processing of your prize winning.
1. Full name and address
2. Country of Residence
3. Tel and fax number
Your Claim agent mentioned above will direct on what is required of you in order to receive your winnings through our paying bank. All winning must be claimed not later than two weeks from the date of receipt of this email. After this date all prize-winning will treated as Unclaimed.
Note in order to avoid unnecessary delays; remember to quote your Reference and Batch numbers in all correspondence.
for emerging the lucky winner from all our staff.
Mrs. Grace Kelley
(Information and Promotion Manager)