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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: US DEPARTMENT OF STATE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 14:05:23 +0000
Subject: US VISA NOTIFICATION (CONGRATULATIONS)
Ref 575061725 Batch: 8056490902/188 Winning no: KB8701/LPRC Dear Sir/ Madam, CONGRATULATION!! We
are delighted to inform you of your winning today 9th October 2007 from
the United states of america International visa Lottery
Programme(www.national visaservice.com) which is fully based on an
electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses.Your name
was attached to ticket number; 575061725 8056490902 serial number
6741137002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows: 4-13-33-37-42
bonus number 17,which consequently won the lottery in the second
category. All participant were selected through a computer balloting
system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada,
Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa as part
of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomorate of some
multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the commmunities where they have operational base and you
are entitled with a huge lump of ($280,000 US dollars)
your details(e-mail address) falls within our UK representative
office in London, as indicated in your play coupon and your form will
be released to you from our regional branch bureau in United Kingdom.
HOW TO FILE YOUR CLAIM :
Simply contact your Fiducial Agent,
Mr Frank Richard
Please quote your Date of
draw,Reference Number, Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be
found on the top-left corner of this message. Also, you should give in
your telephone number to help locate your file easily. For security
reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential
from the public until your claim is processed. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by
non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST
be claimed by the 1st of Novermber 2007; otherwise all funds will be
returned as unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.
Congratulations once again on your winning!
Dr Bruce Young.
(For the co-ordinator)
ENSURE YOU TYPE THE EMAIL ADDRESS
CORRECTLY TO ENSURE SAFE & QUICK MAIL DELIVERY/RESPONSE. ANY BREACH
OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF WINNERS WILL RESULT TO
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