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: "SWISS UNION LOTTO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 15:29:51 +0000
FROM:SWISS LOTTO INTERNATIONAL
REF NUMBER: OSL/653/029/03
BATCH NUMBER: AT-040-SB06-03
DATE:6TH DECEMBER 2004 2004.
We are pleased to inform you that the result of our recent
LotterY DRAWS HELD on the 6TH OF SEPTEMBER 2004 is out and
your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662 drew the lucky
numbers:7-14-18-23-31-45 has consequently won in the
2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a
lump sum pay out of 4,000,000 EUROS only (Four MILLION
Be informed that all participants in this lottery program
have been selected randomly through a computer ballot
system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000
individual email addresses from all search engines and
This promotional program takes place every
year and is promoted and sponsored by eminent
personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of
Microsoft Computers to encourage the use of the internet and computers
worldwide for persoanl and educational/research purpose.
For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you
keep your winning information confidential until your
claims have been processed and your money remitted to
you. This is part of our security measures to avoid
double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by
We look forward to your active participation in our next year USD50
You are requested to contact our clearance officer
below by email to assist you with your winnings and subsequent
payments. All winnings must be claimed not later than
one month after the date of this notice.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number
and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform our
agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for
being partof our promotional program.
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE
BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE AND ALL CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE
DIRECTED TO THE GENEVA BRANCH (email@example.com) TO AVOID MULTIPLE CLAIM
THAT WILL LEAD TO DISQUALIFICATION.
MR JAMES SMITH