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.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "UNITED STATES" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 22:18:05 +0200
EURO MILLIONS ESPANA
EMAIL-LOTTERY AWARD PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMM
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
BALLOTING SWEEPSTAKE held on the 30th of december,2005.The late release of
this result was due to difficulties encountered in sorting out mixed up
numbers and email addresses.This is a millennium scientific computer game in
which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at
encouraging internet users.
Most recently the foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTO to give out prizes
based on the computer ballot system(THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A
TICKET TO ENTER FOR IT.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A
Consequently,you have therefore been approved a MEGA JACK POT of 466.812,79
euro (Four hundred and sixty-six thousand, eight hundred and twelve
euro,seventy-nine cent)only .The following particulars are attached to your
lotto payment order:
(i)the file Ref number: AP/04679/MPP
(ii)Result winning numbers:8-16-19-43-45-1-4
(iii)email ticket number:754/22/76
To immediately claim your prize,contact the claim/paying agent on the
telephone number below.
EURO MILLIONS AGENCY S.L
calle colon 1(28972).Barcelona,spain.
EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
The above claim agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of
your prize funds to you,note that not later than one week After this date if
you do not contact and process your winning prize, all funds will be
returned as unclaimed.
N.B:Terms and conditions to claim your prize:
1.Please quote your Reference number,your full name and address,Country,
Telephone,mobile,fax number and occupation to your calim agent.
2.Your winning prize is not deductable until your winnings has been
processed,approved and transfered to you by your claim agent
above.Thebeneficiary is responsible for the(VETT/APPROVAL CHARGES)of
his fund to
For verification on your lucky winning prize,you are to visit our online
site(http://www.loteria.com/euro.php) and indicate the date this email
lottery programme draw of the EURO MILLIONS was held (30th of december
2005)and there you will find your result winning number.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,CONGRATULATIONS!!!.This promotion
programm is sponsored by euro millions to encourage the use of internet.
All informations have to be kept out of public until you have received your
winning prize,this is to avoid double claim and unwarranted abuse of the
programme by some participants.
This e-mail transmission contains information that is confidential and may
be privileged.It is intended only for the addressee(s) named above.
REPLY TO: email@example.com