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: "UK Verification Department" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:25:30 -0600
Subject: ORDER NUMBER:TNT-R562725
The National Lottery,
P O Box 1010,
Liverpool, L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting held on the 22nd February, 2009. This is a Scientific Computer
Game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program
aimed at encouraging internet users; Meaning, you do not need to buy
ticket to enter for it.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 74454774 with Serial
number: 144-66584 drew the lucky numbers: 5-21-23-34-61-72 (Bonus
ball) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Â£916,778.00
(Nine hundred and Sixteen thousand, seven hundred and seventy eight
pounds sterling only).
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from Eight hundred thousand e-mail addresses from Canada,
Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and
Oceania as part of our international promotion program which is
conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a
conglomerate of some multinational companies to promote the use
of internet around the world.
Please note that your Original Certificate and your Certified bank
cheque has been forwarded to the courier company.
Find below the details of the courier company.
TNT COURIER SERVICE (UK)
ADDRESS: 5 Bashley Road, London, NW10 6SD, England.
NAME: MR. TERRY HOPKINS (Dispatch Officer)
You are advised to send the courier company a mail to their email
address for their courier cost.
When contacting them, you are to include this order number as your subject.
Note: you are to furnished the courier company with the following
details so that they can honour your letter.
We advice all winners to keep this information confidential from
the public until your claim is processed and your prize delivered
to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by
non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Once again congratulations...
Mrs. Lucy Baines,