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: "Brenda Smith" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 10:03:37 -0600
Subject: Winning Notification !!
DESTINY LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTION & PRIZE AWARD DEPT,
OUR REF: DLINT/3306/2106/06
RESULTS OF CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Following official publication of results of the email electronic online
Sweepstakes organized by the Destiny loterij corporation, the Slidecircuir
award and the Heineken prizes in conjunction with the foundation for the
promotion of software products, (F.P.S.), held in The Netherlands,
Wherein your electrononic email address emerged as one of the online
winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of
850.000.00 Euros (Eight hundred and fifty thousand euros only).
We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to
contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for
more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual
payment of the above prize to you.
It is important to note that your award information was released with the
following particulars attached to it.
(I) REFERENCE NUMBER: DLINT/978/384/06
(ii) Batch Numbers: BN28/A62-11
(iii) Serial numbers: 77-53-10-85
(iv) Lucky numbers: 62-41-70-34
Please contact the claim agents to facilitate the release of your prize;
you are required to include the above particulars of your award in every
correspondence addressed to the processing agents.
Mr. Arnold Brown (Paying/Foreign Department Manager)
Tel: 31-617-370-942 /Fax: 31-847-301-193
You are expected to provide the following details below to your claims
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS
2) FULL NAMES
5) PHONES AND FAX NUMBERS
6) EMAIL ADDRESS
7) MAILING ADDRESS
This internet draw is held periodically and is so organized to encourage
the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
We are proud to say that over 20 Million Euro is won annually in more than
150 countries worldwide. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later
than 20 days.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all
Once again on behalf of all our staffs,
Mrs. Brenda Smith (Promotions Coordinator).
Please do not reply to this email address. Contact your claims agent