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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "Group Lotto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 03:56:12 -0700
Subject: LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE
LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE
EMAIL LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES
(ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT TO GROUPLOTTO INTERNATIONAL)
Ref. Number: 087/109/2208
Batch Number: 4444-7993-JA 4L
We are pleased to inform you about the result of the Lottery Winners
programs held on the 12th October 2005. Your e-mail address attached to
15666040- with serial number 5185-888 drew lucky numbers 2-34-90-57-1101
consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a
pay out of
US$ 1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars)
Due to the mix up of some numbers and name's we ask that you keep your
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawnfrom
company and 10,000,000 individual email addresses and names
from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three
This lottery was promoted by the software corporation to compensate some
few individuals with website and email addresses, we hope that with part of
your winning you will take part in our next year USD15 million
To file for your claim, please contact our FIDUCIAL AGENT:
MR. JAMES PETERSON OF GROUPLOTTO INTERNATIONAL.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 10th of November 2005.
this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs. Wendy Smith.