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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 05:06:39 -0500
Subject: IMPORTANT NOTICE
2012 UK Olympic LOTTERY
Your Reference No: ESP-L/L-2810
Your Batch No: 2008/101/MIC
OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION.
We are pleased to inform you of the release of the long awaited results of 2012 UK Olympic LOTTERY promotion organized by Microsoft Corporations, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.P.S.) held 2008,in United Kingdom.your email address emerged as one of the seven others online Winning e-mails in the 2nd category and therefore attracted a cash award of $1,000.000 USD (ONE MILLION United States Dollars) and a Dell laptop.
To begin your claim, do file for the release of your winning by contacting our Foreign Transfer Manager with your PERSONAL DETAILS (Compulsory)
Fill the form below:
Mr. John Bamaco
The 2012 UK Olympic E-mail LOTTERY Awards is sponsored by the former CEO/Chairman, Bill Gates and a consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel Group,Toshiba, Dell Computers and other International Companies.
The 2012 UK Olympic E-mail LOTTERY draw is held periodically and is organized to encourage the use of Internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
Mrs. Maria Alanjedro