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: "Lottery Office" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 13:05:18 +0100
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE
--FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
AWARD NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE
British National Lottery wishes to inform you the results of the E-mail
address ballot lottery international program (sponsored by Microsoft in
Great Britain for email account users)
Your email account has been picked as a winner of £1,500,000.00
This results is now released, your email address attached to Draw 1034
5th of August, 07 Jackpot 04-09-10-19-24-37 Bonus ball 28; participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Microsoft users
from company and individual email addresses users.
Be advised to keep your winning information confidential until your
claims have 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.
You are advised to contact the claims agent listed below,
Mr. Rudolf Hunt
Programs & Events Department
email@example.com+44 70111 38893
Congratulations from the members of staff and thank you for being part
of email account users program.
Mr. Richard LloydTHIS IS AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE. DO NOT REPLY,CONTACT THE ABOVE LISTED AGENT.