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: Mrs Maria Martinez <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 17:13:40 +0100
Subject: Final Notice
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
CONTACT MR DAVID LEMMES,
Tel: +34-634-005-673, + 34 657-406-600
FROM: LA PRIMITIVA INTL, LOTERIA
PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REFERENCE NUMBER: TL/06934/20/07
BATCH NUMBE: 53/081/INL
Following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online =
Sweepstakes organized by the la primitiva loteria, the Slide circular award =
and the Foundation for the Promotion of Software products, (F.P.S), held on =
the 31th of December 2007, in Madrid, Spain (www.primitiva.es), wherein your =
electronic email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in the =
1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of US$872,000.00 (Eight =
Hundred and Seventy-Two Thousand United States Dollars Only).
We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact =
the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more =
information concerning the verification processing and eventual payment of =
the above prize to you.
It is important to notify you that your award information was released today =
with the following
particulars attached to it.
(I) Reference Number: TL/06934/20/07
(ii) Ticket Number: TL704/26/71
(iii) Batch Number: 53/081/INL
(iv) Lucky Number: 5-88-70-11-29
(v) Award Number: TL 29/15839
Please contact the claim agents immediately to facilitate the release of your =
prize, You are required to mention the above particulars of your award in =
every correspondence addressed to the processing agents.
CONTACT NAME: MR. DAVID LEMMES.
CITY/ COUNTRY: MADRID, SPAIN.
La Primitiva Awards is sponsored by a consortium of software promotion =
companies. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers, Microsoft and other =
The La Primitiva internet draw is held periodically and is so organized to =
encourage the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
In compliance with the sponsoring bodies consensus, you are to make a =
remittance of a part of your won fund, not lower than 10% to a recognized =
charity organisation within your locality, after receiving your award/prize.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember =
to quote your reference number and batch number in all your correspondence.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
Mrs Maria Martinez