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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: I.P.D.F_AWARD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:58:24 +0100
Subject: Lottery Co-ordinator . (Contact Your Agent)
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE/AWARD DEPARTMENT
FREE LOTTO AWARD
BATCH: 19/018/IHV /NL
We are happy to inform you of the result of the free lotto programs held on (Sept 30, 2006) your email
address were attached to one of the ten winning TICKET NUMBER (476-095) - with GAME NUMBER
214-07-86) and also with SERIAL NUMBER 6554209-ANL/06. which consequently won in the 2nd
category,You are therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euro).
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our sponsors databases, including
over 5,000 companies and 20,000 individual E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents
drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, North And South America, Oceania and around the world. To file for
your urgent claim, please contact our affiliate agent.
FREE LOTTERY AGENCY
Menstraat 124, Ae 44
Harlem the Netherlands .
It is part of our security procedure to avoid double claiming and to minimize
identification difficulties advise you to keep this information confidential until your claim is processed
successfully and to avoid unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and all winnings must
be claimed not later than (29th, NOV 2006.) after this date all unclaimed winnings will be null and void.In
Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your ticket number and game
numbers in all correspondence including your telephone and fax number of the country.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agents as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody
under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Lottery Co-ordinator .