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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: The National Lottery <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 08:43:51 +0000
From: The Desk of The President
The National Lottery PO Box 1010 LiverpoolL70 1NL
AWARD NOTIFICATION (20 November, 2007)
REF N0: ZFN/22512567303/07BATCH NO: 86056490902/204 WINNING NO: ASUK/33/36/45/12/07/LWThe The National Lottery wishes to inform you of the results of the e-mail addresses ballot lottery programme held on 19th November, 2007. Your email account has been picked as a winner of the sum of NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY (US$900,000:00)
Your e-mail address is attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers : 09 18 23 33 38 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
This promotion is sponsored by United Nations, National Lottery, Hotmail, Yahoo, corporate organizations and eminent personalities including the chairman Microsoft, Bill Gates, to create awareness of internet benefits and to help eradicate poverty worldwide. We hope with a part of your prize, you will help to achieve these objectives and educate others of the importance of internet use.
Remember you neither participated physically in this computer ballot draw nor did you buy any ticket for this draw, your email name is lucky to be among the selected in this category, therefore claiming of prizes is subject to clearance process before payment will be made to you. To avert information leakage, prizes are secured with (secret codes) your payment secret code will be sent to the co-ordinator, it is your duty to contact him now.
To begin your lottery claims, please contact our co-ordinator (Name: Dr. Steven Wills , Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with your information as stated below:
SERIAL No :
Congratulations from the staff and thank you for being part of email account users for the programme.
The National Lottery
You keep typing, we keep giving. Download Messenger and join the im Initiative now.