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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "andrew gordon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 13:36:50 -0500
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
LUCKYDAY E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
BATCH NO: PTP/31211214257/190888/2202
REF. NO: PTP/21449267220/255100//2202
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY BALLOT
INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD. Your name attached to ticket number
219028657434 with Serial number 918735625 drew the lucky numbers of
21-70-81-82-99, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of
1,000,000.00euros only, which is deposited with the United Kingdom
clearing house in your favor as beneficiary and covered with HIGH
INSURANCE POLICY. It is important that keep your winning confidential
to avoid people garnering your information and subsequently making
claim with your winning paraphernalia informationís, lucky day lottery
international will decline payment if such irregularity occurs.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00 companies and
3,000,000.00 individual email addresses and names from all over the
world. To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent below
that have been appointed for the processing of your claim with your
contact telephone and fax number to begin the processing of your
CONTACT NAME: ANDREW GORDON
CITY/ COUNTRY: LONDON, ENGLAND.
TELEPHONE: +4470 3191 1094
It is imperative that you contact your assigned payment officer within
two weeks of receipt of this missive via the
aforementioned details conveyed herein. After this date all unclaimed
funds will be included in subsequent promos. Please note in order to
avoid preventable delays and Complications please 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 from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
Mr. PETER WALKER