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: "ukl zxk" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 23:28:06 +0000
Compliment of the season!!!
We are pleased to inform you, That as a result of our recent UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY DRAWS held on the 25th of Dec. 2005.Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number: 27511465896-6410 with serial number 4204-777 drew lucky
numbers 5-21-23-34-61-72 which consequently won in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £500,000.00
(Bristish Pounds) (Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds).
Note that All participants in this lottery program have been selected
randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 200,000 companies
and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web
This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of
Microsoft Inc and other corporate organizations. This is to encourage the
use of the internet and computers worldwide.
For security purposes 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 protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted
abuse of this program by some participants. We look forward to your active
participation in our next year £50 million british pounds slot.
You are requested to contact your claims clearance officer as named below,
to assist you with the processing of your winnings and subsequent payments.
All winnings must be claimed not later than one month after the date of
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 20 YEARS OF AGE.
Miss. Janet Freiburg,
Reply to the claiming agent Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIME SECURITIES (INC).
UK-NATIONAL LOTTERY(Claiming Agent)