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: "Denning, Evelyn M" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 00:36:14 -0400
Subject: URGENT NOTICE TO THE OWNER OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS
Dear Internet User,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the E-LOTTERY NL. Internet Promotional Draws. All email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly inputted from an internet resource database using the Synchronized Random Selection System (SRSS).
Your email address was selected in the Category A with Reference Number NL 80 OS 9414 Batch Number: 444821545-NL/2008 and Ticket Number: PP 3812 /2008-03, and this qualifies you to be the recipient of the grand prize award sum of $2,500,000 (Two million, five hundred thousand dollars).
The payout of this cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory report that you are the bonafide owner of the winning email address.In line with the governing rules of claim, you are required to establish contact with your designated claims agent via email or telephone with the particulars below:
Name: Mr. Tony COBBS
Phone: +31 647 205 988
You are advised to call the Claims agent for confirmation or provide the following information for processing the payment of your cash award.
Winning Reference Number:Failure to complete the claims of your cash prize after 14 days of this notice will result in the revision of award. Hence, you should commence your claims process immediately, by contacting the claims agent (Mr. Tony COBBS) who would be guiding you through the Claims process.
Congratulations on your Winning Prize and we look forward to completing your payout soon.
N:B. PLEASE DIRECT YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS firstname.lastname@example.org .