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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "APEC LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 22:07:41 +0700
Subject: YOU WON THE PRIZE CLAIM IT
FROM THE DIRECTORS DESK
INTERNATIONAL ASIA PROMOTION
31/1 RACHADA PISEK SATHOM KAPI,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
Thailand International programs held on the 21/11/005.
Your email address attached to ticket number :EL-40212 with serial number:EL- 241072, batch number: EL-75,lottery ref number: EL-413 and drew luckynumbers 9-7-0-30-11 which consequently won in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out ofUS$550.000.00 ( FIVE Hundred And Fifty Thousand United States dollars).
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000 company and 20,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by group of successful electronic dealers.we hope with part of your winning, you will take part in our next year US$20 million international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our paying officer:
Contact Person:Dr Perry More (Lottery Director)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Remember, All winning must be claimed not later than 28th Of July 2006.
After 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 correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
For being part of our promotional program, the entire members of staff say congratulations once again.
Note:Anybody under the age of 21 is automatically disqualified.