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: "ONLINE PENPAL PROMOTION"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 22:30:53 +0200
Subject: CALL +34-634-132-386 (FOR COMFIRMATION)
This is to notify you that this e-mail address was entered during the Paypal
European selection Draw and has won the sum of $950.000.00 (Nine Hundred And Fifty
thousand dollars only). For claim please contact the below Agent for immediate process of your claim; Rememebr to quote
these numbers below for verification by the company. REF: PP-21180-ES and BATCH:
PP-245-44 you should include Your Name, Address, Sex, Age, Occupation,
Nationality, Phone Number
Dr Oscar Jim Lopez (Claim Director)
Tel; Tel:+34 634 132 386
BANCA SEGUROS S.A
Mrs Becky Johnson
Paypal Europe Coordinator