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: "National Game Lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 00:52:28 +0000
45 ELMDENE RD WOOLICH,
SE 16 TZ,UNITED-KINGDOM.
We happily announce to you the draw(06/1053) of the UK-LOTTO
SweepstakeLottery International programs held on the 25th January 2006.in
LEEDS UNITED-KINGDOM. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
56475600545 188 with Serial number 06/1053 draw the lucky numbers
9 14 15 18 26 46 45 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st
category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £
2,778,772.00 (two million seven hundred and seventy eight thousand seven
hundred and seventy two pounds) in cash credited to file ktu/9023118308/03.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.This
promotion takes place annually. Please note that your lucky winning number
falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as
indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £ 2,800,000 (two
million eight hundred thousand pounds) would be released to you by our
payment office in europe.Our European agent will immediately commence the
process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact
him.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this programme by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr. James Watson
PLEASE FILL OUT THE VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM AND SEND IT TO OUR
FIDUCIARY AGENT MR JAMES WATSON FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONS.
8.HAVE YOU APASSPORT OR LICENCE.............(identification on delivery)
10.INDICATE PREFERRED MODE OF PRIZE COLLECTION:
(C) TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER IF BY TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER (Details of the account
where you want your funds transferred):
13.LOTTO NUMBER:____________________ B. DRAW NUMBER:______________
16.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank
you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Mr Chris Walker.
Warning!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using
British National Lottery addresses, but are not from The British Lottery.
PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO :
CUSTOMER CARE/COMPLAINTS DEPT: email@example.com
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so
desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.