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, 18 Mar 2009 06:07:55 -0400
Subject: <<<Email Account Reward For Internet Users>>>
Dear Inernet User
We are pleased to notify you the "Winner" of the E-Promotions NL. Cyber Lotto draws.
Reference Number:80 ES 9414
e-ticket number: PP 3812 /2009
Amount: $2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)
You may wish to establish contact with your claims agent via e-mail with the particulars presented below:
Tel :+31 64728 3953
In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to furnish your claims agent With the following information:
1. Full names... 2. Address... 3. Occupation. 4. Tel/Fax.... 5. Nationality... 6. Winning Reference Number....
Failure to complete the claims of your cash prize after 14 days of this notice will result in the revision of award. Hence, you should commence your claims process immediately, by contacting the claims agent (Mr.David Gant) who would be guiding you through the Claims process.
Congratulations on your Winning Prize and we look forward to completing your payout soon.
Ellen L Clark