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: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 07:41:37 -0500
Subject: Congratulatory Notice (SRSS E-Draw Results)
PRIZE/PROMOTION AWARD DEPT.
CATEGORY "A" WINNER
Ref No: TYM-101/8231
Batch Number: NL 80 OS 94144448
Amount Won: $2,500,000.00
Dear Internet User
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lotto 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 TYM-101/8231, 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. David Berman
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. David Berman) who would be guiding you through the Claims process.
Congratulations on your Winning Prize and we look forward to completing your payout soon.