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: "Dr. Connie Jose" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:48:14 +0200
Subject: EMAIL SWEEPSTAKES.
CONTACT: MR. SIMS SANCHEZ.
FROM:ONCE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
Following our official publication of the results of the E-mail electronic
online Sweepstakes organized by Once lottery corporation, the Slidecircuir
award prize in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software
products, (F.P.S.), held on the 30th of May, 2008, in Madrid, Spain.
Wherein your electrononic email address emerged as one of the online winning
emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of
1,000,000,00 Euros (One million Euros 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 note that your award information was released today the
2nd of June 2008 with the following particulars attached to it.
(i) Ref number: DRF/933/221/523
(ii) Batch number: 21/532/8YPK
(iii) Award/Email Ticket number: TK390/12/67
Please contact the claim agents within 5 working days 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. SIMS SANCHEZ.
CITY/ COUNTRY: MADRID, SPAIN.
Once lottery Awards is sponsored by a consortium of software promotion
companies. Dell Computers and other international companies. The Once
lottery internet draw is held periodically and is so organized to encourage
the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
We are proud to say that over 20 Million Euros are won annually in more than
150 countries worldwide.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than two weeks after the
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,remember
to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
Dr. Connie Jose.
(Once Lottery Coordinator).