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.
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. Tina Forrester" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 03:40:38 +0000
CAMELOT LOTTERY PROMOS,
406 BURY NEW ROAD
MANCHESTER M45 7SX
FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312
We are pleased to announce you as one of the 6 lucky winners in the CAMELOT
LOTTERY PROMOTIONS held on 5th of September 2005. All 6 winning addresses
were randomly selected from a batch of 40,000 international emails. Your
email address emerged alongside 5 others as a 3rd category winner in this
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
£300,000 Pounds (Three Hundred Thousand pounds) only. The following
particulars are attached to your lottery payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 990-11-815-37-10-83
(ii) Email ticket number: 901-0148-790-691
(iii) Lotto Batch No. 13/FFP/LDL/037
(IV) File REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:
MR. LARRY BISHOP AND ASSOCIATE LTD U.K,
20 Lausanne Road London,
SW2 3JB ENGLAND.U.K
You to provide the claim agent with the under listed information as soon
1. NAME IN FULL:................................
Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, UK.
406 BURY NEW ROAD WHITEFIELD,
MANCHESTER M45 7SX
1.All claims are nullified after 20 working days from today.
2. Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
4. Please do not reply to this email. Contact your claims agent.
The INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, UK. Is proudly
sponsored by financial Corp's, the Euro American group and a conglomeration
of other international IT companies. And is organized to encourage the use
of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200
Million Pounds are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.