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: infodeskespa inter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 21:00:34 +0200
Subject: URGENT WINNING NOTIFICATION
URGENT WINNING NOTIFICATION
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD...
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY SA HEAD OFFICE
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting held on 21st September, 2007. This is a Millennium Scientific
Computer Game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional
program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need
to buy ticket to enter for it. You have been approved f or the star
prize of 950:000.00(Nine Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euro Only) .
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
SANTEX SECURITY AGENCY
MR. Thompson Bora
Avenida Del Cid 51 Madrid , Spain
TEL: +34 676284745
(¡) Ref No: EMES/WIN/007/05/10/MB
(¡¡) Batch No: EULO/2707/444/908/07
(¡¡¡) Ticket No: 01-1974
(iv) Lucky No: 10-23-44-72-80
(v) Serial No: MUOTI/82536
You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names, Contact
Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number)
via email to process the immediate payment of your prize. The Validity
period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you are expected
to make your claims immediately.
Once again congratulations!!!
Mrs. ANDRIAN MARTINS GIOVANI
ONLINE LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR
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