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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.
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Fraud email example:
From: "mrs.m.martiez" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 14:28:57 +0200
FROM:SUNSWEETWIN/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE
We are glad to inform you that your E-mail address appears as the
confirmed Winner of our last SUNSWEETWIN email lottery program held on
the 25 of JUNE 2005 .
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 20675543256-786 with
Serial number 4765-75 drew lucky numbers 8-12-18-24-32-45, which
Consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved
For a lump sum payment of Eight hundred thousand united state dollars(US$800,000,00). CONGRATULATIONS!!!
This promotional program takes place every year. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000
companies and 50,000, 000 individual email addresses and names from all
over the world.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember
to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence.We ask that you keep your winning information
confidential until your claims has been processed and your money
remitted to you. Remember all winnings must be claimed not later than
15th JUNLY. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included
in the next stake.
To file for your claim or for further details, please contact our agent.
MR. F. James at email@example.com In respect of our commitment
towards helping the less previledge, we ask that you voluntarily
contribute 1% of your Global winnings to any charity organization you
desire at your convinience.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff.