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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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Please note about this email:
Fraud email example:
From: "Swiss International" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 11:44:07 +0000
Subject: SWISS INTERNATIONAL (CONGRATULATIONS)
FROM: SWISS LOTTO INTERNATIONAL
POSTFACH, 4002 BASEL.
HEAD OFFICE: SWITZERLAND
REF NO: SL/74/368/05
WE ARE PLEASED TO INFORM YOU THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT DRAWS HELD ON THE 1ST OF SEPTEMBER 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of $1,000,000 (ONE MILLION DOLLARS)
Note that All participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web sites.
This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, bill gates of microsoft inc and other corporate organisations. this is to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide.
For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. We look forward to your activeparticipation in our next year USD50 million slot.
To file for your claim,please contact our fiducially agent claims officer via email as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
MR PAUL BROWN.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember,all winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of this notice.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.