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: "INTERNET YAHOO LOTTERY." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:19:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: **Yahoo Congratulate You For Being Their Lucky Winner In July 2008**
You won £300 000! Yahoo! Mail congratulates you!
YAHOO INTERNET LOTTERY
YOU WON £300 000!
Yahoo! Mail gives members random cash prizes. Today, your account is randomly selected as the one of 5 top winners accounts who will get cash prizes from us.We are happy to inform you that you have won a prize money of (Three Hundred Thousand Great Britian Pounds sterling (300,000) for the month of July, 2008. Lottery win promotion which is organized by yahoo messenger .com every month.
YAHOO, collects all the mail ID of the people that are online on internet, among the millions that subscribe to Online we only select five people every month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying,we are congratulating you for been one of the people selected.All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomorate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the commmunities where they have operational base.
Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our British representative office in United Kingdom , as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of £300,000 will be released to you from this regional branch office in UK.
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
These are your identification numbers..........
Batch number.......................Lwh 09445
To begin your claims, kindly contact our fiduciary agent company at this email address: email@example.com
You are required to forward her with the following details:
Her name is Grace Adams
2.COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
5.DATE OF BIRTH
9.FAX NUMBER(IF ANY)
11.WINNING NUMBER,BATCH NUMBER AND LOTTO NUMBER.
12 THE MONTH YOU WON........................................................
As soon as you contact her,she will advise you on what to do in order to get your prize money.Congratulations once more!!
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your
prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
DR. SMITH WILLIAM