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: REDKINGS ONLINE PROMOTIONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:43:23 +0000
Subject: Reference No: ZAR/POP-677152/ZA2009
271 Kings Street,
"You have won USD$1,950,000.00 from Redkings Online Promotions"
We wish you success in our Redkings Online Promotions/Email Internet Program made today, which was held on 14th of Febuary 2009. Your Email Address was attached to Ticket No: 07-12-35-54-55-02 Drew the Lucky No: 15-19-24-27-47 + 11 from 800,000 Email Addresses consequently won in the 2nd Category. You have therefore been approved to claim a Star Prize of $1,950,000.00 in cash credited to File No: M1/2007/08/001.
Below is your Winning Details;
Reference No: ZAR/POP-677152/ZA2009
Batch No: ZAR/002831323/M222-23
Amount Won: USD$1,950,000.00
"The Validity period of the winnings is (10) Working Days, of your reply to the Agency; hence you are expected to make your claims immediately, any claim not made before this date will be returned as UNCLAIMED."
To claim your winning prize, you are to contact the appointed agent for the immediate release of your winnings:
Mr. George Kama
Congratulations' once again from all our Staff and thank you for being part of our Promotions.
Mrs. Mary Rossman
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