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: "The International Lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 08:22:46 +0000
Subject: FINAL NOTICE///Contact Barr George Stewart Esq.///
This email is to notify you that this email address was randomly
selected and entered into our free Third Category draws. You have
subsequently emerged a winner and therefore entitled to a substantial amount of
500,000.00 Pounds.For further information, kindly confirm receipt of this
email, by forwarding Your Details as states below to our
claimsdepartment on Email :email@example.com
(a) Your full Name: (b) Contact address:
(c) Your Telephone and fax numbers:(d) Your Age:
(e) Your occupation: (f) Your country of origin:
Award Notification Team
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