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: Stacy Willmore <STACYWILLMORE@K.RO>
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 15:34:37 +0100
Subject: Congratulations You Are A Winner.
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INTERNET UK LOTTO
United Kingdom International Winnings Via Internet
LONDOM WC2 1EC
REF NUMBER: CSL/74/368/06
BATCH NUMBER: CS-121-LT-I22-01-06
We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our
held on the 4th September, 2006, your e-mail address
attached to ticket
63538953216-435 with serial number 172-488 drew lucky
numbers 3-10-16-29-43-49 which consequently won in the
2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a
lump sum of US$2,000,000:00 (Two Million United States
Note that all participants in this lottery program
have been selected randomly through a computer ballot
system drawn from over twenty thousand companies and
million individual email addresses from all search
web sites. This promotional program takes place every
year and is promoted and sponsored by Corporate bodies
oracle, Dell Computers,HP Computers,Toshiba Computers
Corporate Organizations, this is to encourage the use
of the Internet
For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you
keep your winning information confidential until your
claims have been processed and your money remitted to
you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by
some participants. We look forward to your active
participation in our next year draws.
You are requested to contact the clearance coordinator
on this email:
email@example.com to assist you with your
payments. All winnings must be claimed not later than
one month after the date of this notice.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, 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 and thank you for being part
of our promotional program.
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE
BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.