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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: "grant ozie" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 10:29:33 +0000
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release for the year 2008 from
the Australian International Lottery programme. Which is fully based on an
Electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses Your name was
attached to ticket number;47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002 This
batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17,which
consequently won the lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$800,000.00 (EIGHT HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total
cash prize of US$6,400.000.00 shared amongst eight lucky winners in this
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from
Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia,United
States,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our
international promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
Further more your details (e-mail address) fall within our African
representative office in Togo, West Africa, as indicated in your play coupon
and your prize of US$800,000.000.00 and a brand new HP Pavilion desktop
computer which will be released to you from this regional branch office in
Togo. We hope with part of your prize,you will participate in our end of
year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE Simply contact our fiducial agent
NAME : Rev Isdow Tete
EMAIL : (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PHONE : +228 926 9174
To file for your claim . Please quote your reference, batch and winning
number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as
well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locate your
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize
released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by
non-participant or unofficial personnel.
FILL OUT OUR ONLINE VERIFICATION FORM
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed before the a month, otherwise all funds
will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity,
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!