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: scott geldof <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 10:53:25 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Claims/Funds Release Form
From;MR Scott Geldof
CLAIMS DEPT. MANAGER,
Good-day to you,I am Mr.Scott Geldof your claims officer I am to guide you through the entire process of claiming your funds till it gets to you safe and intact with all legal backing document.I will perform my duty to you with the best of my knowledge as a professional in my field of study.
Be informed that Powerball Lottery,MSW does not and we will never involve ourselves in any form of scam.We do not accept defamatory words from our winners else you would be disqualified,we are only promoting the use Microsoft Word and encouraging it users all over the world.For further questions or any enquiries please call this office for proper
directive and information.
Before we can start the processing and documentation of your winning check and all other document to you,you will have to fill your claims form correctly and send it back to this office via e-mail for quick reference and appropriate modalities for a proper verification so as to enable us provide you with details and document of your prize.As you already know your e-mail address was picked in the MSW lucky dip Lotto programme, this is in view with the aim of promoting the use of MSW and e-mail as one major communication system.
Here is the claims form you will have to fill:
FULL LEGAL NAMES:
COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS:
MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS UK, MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS ASIA, MICROSOFT
CO-OPERATIONS USA, Lloyd's BANK UK,CITIPAKCOURIR AND PORTLAND COURIER.
Congratulations Once again we are happy to have you as our winner for this years programme.
Mr Scott Geldof.
CLAIMS DEPT. MANAGER,(FIDUCIARY AGENT),
FOREIGN VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT,
MICROSOFT LOTTERY AWARD ,UK.