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: UK ONLINE LOTTERY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:13:33 -0300
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION ON YOUR UK ONLINE LOTTERY
THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE HEADQUARTERS.
THE OAKROOM LOUNGE.
PICCADILLY LONDON. W1B 0BH.
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES INTERNATIONAL .
... PLEASE BE NOTIFIED THAT ON THE 22RD OF NOVEMBER 2006
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS SELECTED ON THE
THE COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL BALLOT DRAW SYSTEM, AS ONE OF THE WINNING EMAIL ADDRESSES ON THE INTERNET COMPUTER LOTTERY DRAW.
THE PROGRAM WAS HELD BY THE NATIONAL LOTTERYS LEADING ONLINE SWEEPSTAKES DEPTARTMENT, KNOWN AS...
:::SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL :::
ALL PARTICIPANTS WERE RANDOMELY SELECTED VIA A COMPUTER BALLOTTING SYSTEM, WITH DATA DRAWN FROM A DATABASE OF EMAIL DIRECTORIES OF COMPANIES, PRIVATE & PUBLIC ORGANISATIONS, AND INDVIVIDUALS, FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS THEREFORE QUALIFIED YOU AS ONE OF THE WINNERS. YOU ARE THEREFORE QUALIFIED FOR A LUMPSUM PAYOUT OF THE SUM OF
(ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS)
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
(MR. STEVE YOUNG)
THE FIDUCIARY OFFICER & CLAIMS COORDINATOR
PHONE/FAX: + 44 709 216 6860
PLEASE NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF THE RECENT SPATE OF INTERNET LOTTERY SCAMS, WE COULD NOT EXPOSE YOUR WINNING DETAILS, SO THAT THE SCAMMERS COULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET YOUR WINNING INFORMATION.
FOR YOUR URGENT CLAIM...
Call MR STEVE YOUNG
Claims Co-ordinator & Fiduciary Officer
Stallion Security & Finance Trust, London
On Phone/Fax Number + 44 709 216 6860
YOU SHOULD CONTACT...
THE ABOVE ORGANISATION IMMEDIATELY
SO THAT THEY WILL FURNISH YOU WITH YOUR WINNING NUMBERS, LUCKY DRAW NUMBERS, INSURANCE NUMBER, REFERENCE AND BATCH NUMBERS, WHICH YOU WILL USE TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE.
YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE THAT
YOUR CLAIM AGENT IS
Mr. Steve Young
THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT TO YOU BY:
THE CHAIRMAN, LOTTERY ORGANIZER,
MR. MORGAN BRIAN
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS,
THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES PROGRAM.
London W2 2AX
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE SWEEPSTAKES PROGRAM
There is a computer ballot that is regularly organised by the National Lottery Online Sweepstakes Department here in London. This is not an individual lotto-playing, but a system whereby the computer itself randomly selects, from a database of email addresses from all over the world, over 1,000,000 addresses. These email addresses of Participants that were selected from the internet are, once again, balloted by this computer system. Consequently, in the latest round, Ten email addresses were finally picked out from among the over 1,000,000 total email addresses, and your email address is one of these 10, winning various lumpsum amounts.
You have to note that this program is sponsored by the National Christian Organization, in conjunction with The UK National Lottery.
MANAGEMENT, THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE SWEEPSTAKES PROGRAM.
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