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: EURO MILLIONS DRAWS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 07:57:39 +0000
Subject: =?Windows-1252?Q?Congratula?= =?Windows-1252?Q?tions_once?=
EURO MILLIONS INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTIONPRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.REFERENCE: EML / IPP/1555002244/05BATCH: ES34/044/ ILP /SLRE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
Dear Lottery Winner,
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting held on 16th February 2009.This
is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which email addresses were
used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users;
therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. You have been
approve for the star prize of 600,000:00 Euros. (Six Hundred Thousand Euros Only).
Your =E-mail address attached to Serial Number 22221415366-609 with Lucky Star Numbers 03 44 04, Winning Number 04 05 23 25 28 which =consequently won in the 6th category, you have therefore been approved for a = lump sum pay out of 600,000.00 Euros. (Six Hundred Thousand Euros Only).
CONGRATULATIONS!!!DO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email =addresses and names from all over the world. This lottery was promoted and =Sponsored by Bill Gates of Microsoft ,Shell Company Nigeria,
With the support of European corporate companies and organizations to
encourage the use of Internet and computers worldwide.
claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed claim agent
as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with
your VERIFICATION FORM information below:
MR. JOSEPH DAKMANCONTACT CLAIMS AGENT ON TELEPHONE: +447035900183.Email: email@example.com
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than TWO WEEKS,
after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your Reference Number and Batch Numbers in all
Congratulations once more!! !!! !!!! !!!!!.
YOU HAVE TO CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT WITH YOUR VERIFICATION FORM BELOW
TO ENABLE HIM PROCESS YOUR PRIZE MONEY IMMEDIATELY.
1. FULL NAMES:
5. MARITAL STATUS:
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER:
10. SERIAL NUMBER:/LUCKY STAR NUMBER
11. WINNING NUMBER:
12. REF NUMBER:
13. BATCH NUMBER:
14. AMOUNT WON:
NOBODY OR EVEN THE PAYING BANK HAS THE RIGHT TO TOUCH, DEDUCT/CUT OR
GET ACCESS TO YOUR PRIZE MONEY FOR ANY REASON THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED
Sincerely yours,Rev. Mark WilsonLottery Coordinator.