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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Fraud email example:
From: "Veronica Lee" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 23:07:10 -0700
Subject: LUCKY No: 887-13-865-37-10-839
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
The Marina Offices, St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX England
REF No: UK/9420X2/68
BATCH No: 074/05/ZY369
TICKET No: 20511465463-7644
SERIAL No: S/N-00168
LUCKY No: 887-13-865-37-10-839
GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!
FROM: THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY \\\"A\\\" WINNER
BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
Dear Lucky Winner
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of
£1,450,000(One million,Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pound Sterling)held
on the 29th August, 2008 in London Uk.The selection process was carriedout
through random selection in our computerized email election system(ess) from
a database of over 210,000 email addresses drawn from which you were
The UK. Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board. To begin the
processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduciary claims department
for more infomation as regards procedures to claim your prize.
Name: Mr. Donald Wilson
Contact him by sending him with the underlisted informations:
(4)DATE OF BIRTH
(8)DATE OF WINNING NOTIFICATION
(10)TOTAL AMOUNT WON
(12)COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND RESIDENT
Mrs. Veronica Lee
For UK NATIONAL LOTTERY