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: Golden West Delivery Express <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 05:23:44 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Winning clearification
Your email address won you the lottery in the first winning category because the draw was a free ticket online email address sweeptakes and your email address won you the lottery in the category A which gets you entitled to claim the sum of $4.6m.
And Yes your email address was selected among the the first category winners and that left you as a winner of the uk lottery online draws and sweeptakes programme.
The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 1,000,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
To finally ascertain you as a rightful receiver of the winning check, you will have to send us the following: Your name, country, address, amount won, ticket and lucky numbers, date and venue of draw, contact tel and mobile numbers, age, sex, occupation and job title.
Mr. Jonathan Hou
Please excuse me but I only acquired written English in a small province school and it is not so totally perfect.
I might have already contacted you regarding a confidential matter. Would you please read the following email and communicate to me whether everything is in order? I am discomfited of the next action to take.
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