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'Lottery scam' emails

Date: December 20, 2007

New research shows that 10% of internet users in the UK have replied to 'lottery scam' emails, and that 13% have clicked on links contained in them. The news is a worrying indication of the lack of awareness the public has to the dangers of spam and online crime.

The study, commissioned by Microsoft, shows that 62% of spam emails received in the UK are lottery scams, where an administration fee is asked for in order to release a fictional award of prize money.

Online scams, including phishing, are estimated to cost the UK Ј1 billion a year, and have prompted awareness campaigns from the government. These new figures suggest that the campaigns have not been entirely successful.
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