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: lotto xtra <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:49:44 +0200 (CEST)
CONTACT: MR MARTINS WATER!!!!!
FROM THE DESK OF THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
DE NEDERLANDSE STAATSLOTERIJ
INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTO PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
We are pleased to announce you as one of the lucky winners in the
StaaatsLoterij Email Lottery draw held today the 18th of Sept 2006.
All winning Email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of
50,000,000 international emails from Internet Service Provider
email address emerged as a category 2 winner in thisyear's Lotto Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
Five Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand,One Hundred and Eighty Three
Euros only (572,183.00 Euros).
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in allcorrespondence with your claims officer.
2.The file Ref number: SL231/637/4575
Please contact the underlisted claims officer via this email:
email@example.com as soon as possible for the immediate release
of your winnings:
Mr MARTINS WATER
DE NEDERLANDSE STAATSLOTERIJ
for processing and remittance of your cash to a designated account of
You are required to contact Mr MARTINS WATER about the claimant procedures, send your fax and telephone to Mr Martins Water , this will enable his office to send theclaims application form to you the Beneficiary.
Please note,in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in
Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform the Claims
Officer as soon as possible as he is responsible for the processing
of your approved file for payment.
Congratulations once again on behalf of all our staff.
Mrs Veronica Halen
Please make sure you keep your winning confidential till you have
received your payment.This is to avoid double claims.Do not contact
this office as your correspondence should
be addressed to your claims
officer above Mr Martins Water.
NB: In accordance with the DE NEDERLANDSE
STAATSLOTERIJ policy andregulations, this notification is dispatched
directly to only the 35 lucky consultation prize Winners. This
notification also contains information that is proprietary, privileged
or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are
not the right recipient whose email address attached to the lucky
numbers along with the winning information's you are not authorized to
read,print,retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any part of it.