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: "world loto2006" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 15:45:17 +0000
ATTN: The Manager
Congratulations on your winning. All participants were selected
randomly from World
wide Web site through computer ballot system extracted from over
100,000 companies and individuals.This promotion
takes place annually.
Your email address attached to ticket number :56475600545188 with
serial number :5388/02 drew the lucky
numbers 31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery in the
You have therefore won £847,000.39 (Eight Hundred and Fourty seven Thousand
Pounds Thirty Nine Cents) in the second category of the lottery. You are
required to forward the following details to help facilitate the processing
of your certificate and the release of your
1. Full names.
2. Residential address.
3. Phone number
4. A scanned identification of yourself sent via email
You are adviced to forward these informations as soon as possible to
enable us attend to your file.
Please note that your funds have been deposited safely in our offshore
payment office in europe and your
information will be forwarded to them before they can release your
winnings.You are also to choose the mode which you
want to collect your funds:
PAYMENT OPTIONS.i. Travel down to personally collect it from our agent.
ii.This is for those who can not travel we will process the
and then package and send it via courier service but
you will have to PAY FOR THE SERVICES. You are to contact
Mr. Samuel Damon
Once again, congratulations.
PROTOCOLS AND GRAND [FOR OVERSEAS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL].
NB:PLEASE INDICATE A PAYMENT OPTION Congratulations you have won £3.5m