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: paloma carlos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 17:53:35 +0100
Subject: CLAIM PRIZE
EMAIL-LOTTERY AWARD PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice the result of LOTTERIA SHOP NATIONAL 2007 promotion. We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged a winner of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro ( 150.000.00 Euro.)
NOTE: to file for your claim, please contact the claim department with the above information below NOTE: to file for your claim, please contact the claim agent below on email or phone
Atlas Capital Services, S.L.
The following particulars are attached to your lottery payment order: Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your claims agent.
PROMOTION DATE: 16th of November 2007.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8156/06
BATCH NUMBER: 15/051/IPD/ES
WINNING NUMBER: 10-23-44-72-80
SERIAL NUMBER:16 23 43 26 42 36
Your winning prize is not deductable until your winnings has been processed,approved and transfered to you by your claim agent above.
Please, note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning certificate. Be notified that all winnings must be claimed not later than 30 days. After this date all unclaimed winnings will be null and void. 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 agents as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
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