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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Fraud email example:
From: UKNL Foundation <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:55:50 -0400
Subject: Award notice(Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05)
Dear Email Owner,
We are happy to announce to you that your email address has won you the sum of £590,983.00
(Five Hundred and Ninety Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty Three Great British Pounds) in the recent online draw of the
UK National Lottery.
To File for your claims, please contact:
Mr. Richard Ness.
You are to provide him With the following information:
Full Name, Contact Address, Country of residence, Age, Sex, Tel, Occupation.
Congratulations once more and from all members and staff of this program.
Sir Howard Wright,
Online Coordinator For The UKNL Foundation.