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: Julie Cruz <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 13:31:55 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: AWARD PRIZE:
CONTACT MR. RENE HUSON.
FROM: STAAT LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: 11/621/2PDH /NL
Following official publication of results of the
E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by the
Staat Loterij corporation, the Slidecircuir award
and the Heineken prizes in conjunction with the
foundation for the promotion of software products,
(F.P.S.), held on the 14th of September, 2006, in Amsterdam
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 1,000,000.00 Euros (One million 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 today the 20th of September 2006 with the
following particulars attached to it.
(I) Award numbers: TL 22/15409
(ii) Email ticket number: TL754/22/76
(iii) BATCH NUMBER: 75/011/INL
(iv) The file REFERENCE NUMBER:: TL/0534/30/05
(v) Your Full Name & Telephone Number
Please contact the claim agents within 5 working days
to facilitate the release of your prize, You are required to mention the
above particulars of your award in every correspondence
addressed to the processing agents.
FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER
MR. RENE HUSON.
STAAT LOTERIJ SECURITY DEPARTMENT.
The Staat Loterij Awards is sponsored by a
consortium of software promotion companies.
The Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers, Microsoft
and other international companies.
The Staat Loterij 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 are won
annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. Remember,
all winning must be claimed as soon as possible to avoid delay.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications,remember to quote your reference number
and batch number in all correspondence.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,