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:
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:06:40 +0100
Subject: UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE PAYMENT NOTICE.
INTERNATIONAL LOTTO ORGANIZATION
Rue 153 Juan Hurtado De Mendoza
Cotonou 28044, Republic du Benin.
UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE
ATTENTION TO THE OWNER OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS;
the 2nd category of our Euroafriq free Net
Lottery Promotional award
draws held December 2007.
I am writing in respect to your lotto winning
$1,915,810.00(One Million, Nine hundred and fifteen thousand
hundred and ten US Dollars only) which you won through
ballot draws in our Euroafriq Lotto Award in
2007 in the second category
prize winnings category.
We wish to inform you that your total prize
$1,915,810.00 has been returned to us by our Lotto claims
as unclaimed prize after their initial letter to
your address for your
payment was not successful, We are
writing in regards to payment of your
Winnings to you.
You are here by requested to contact our
Office on telephone (00229)93013428 or
(email@example.com) for your immediate
officer\'s name is David Morrison,
so refer this to him and contact him
your unclaimed lotto prize payment to you.
contact our Treasury Officer as directed
above for your payment, and do
notify me as soon as you
received your payment from our
Mrs Vera Gonzales.
President; Int\'l Lotto