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:
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 12:40:45 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Announcement on Lotto Award
Announcement on Lotto Award
Being officially assigned to
select winners across the globe, the management is pleased to inform
you of the result of the Intercasino GBP millions British Lottery
Winners International E-mail programs held on the 30th October 2006
and result where release on the 4th December, 2006. Your E-mail
address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main
number 345- 790-241-671 drew lucky star numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which
consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of GBP1.500.000.00, with REFERENCE #: 67/80/IPD
and BATCH #: EGGS-541-623-782.
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 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and
names from all over the world.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Software Companies in order to enhance and
promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent:
Mr Louis E. Greg
Tel:+44 703 195 8098
Fax:+44 709 287 2619
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part
of our promotion.