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: "BRITISH LOTTERY" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2008 18:45:10 +0800
This is to inform you that you have won the sum of
Â£710,000.00 GBP (SEVEN HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND GREAT
BRITISH POUNDS) From the BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY 2008.
You are required to contact the payout bank for the claiming
of your winning prize money.
Barclays Bank Plc.
17 Bedwell Street
Moss Side Manchester
M16 7LN. United Kingdom
CONTACT PERSON: MR. BLAKE WILLIAMS
You are also required to contact him with the below
(a) Your full Name:
(b) Contact address:
(c) Your Telephone and fax numbers:
(d) Your Age:
(f) Your occupation:
(g) Your country of origin:
Barr. David Brian Smith.