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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 08:06:14 -0800 (PST)
Subject: INTERNATIONAL LOTTO ORGANIZATION
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:email@example.com
- INTERNATIONAL LOTTO ORGANIZATION Vour Mousque Bp Ponto 4B 32258, Cotonou Republic du Benin UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE PAYMENT NOTICE.ATTENTION TO THE OWNER OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS; Winner in the 2nd category of our Euroafriq free Net Lottery Promotional award draws held September 30th 2008.I am writing in respect to your lotto winning prize of $1.450,810.00(One Million Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten US Dollars only) which you won through the email ballot draws in our Euroafriq Lotto Award 2008 in the second category prize winnings category.We wish to inform you that your total prize money of $1.450,810.00 has been returned to us by our Lotto claim agent as unclaimed prize after their initial letter to your address for your payment was not successful.You are here by requested to contact our Treasury Office on telephone +229-9704-6911 or email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your immediate payment. Our Treasury officer's name is Richard Peterson, so refer this to him and contact him immediately for your unclaimed lotto prize payment to you. You should contact our Treasury Officer as directed above for your payment, and do notify me as soon as you received your payment from our Treasurer. Thanks, Dr. Martin Luis Sanchez. President; Int'l Lotto Org.