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:
Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 06:01:48 -0700
Subject: Ref: UK/9420X2/68
BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY=2CWinner of =A3450=2C000 Pounds To claim your p=
rize contact=3AMr=2E Mark Tom=2C
Ref=3A UK/9420X2/68=2CBatch=3A 074/05/ZY369=2Eprovide listed information=
Phone no=3A=2C Country=3ARegards=2CMr Mark Tom=2C (Lottery Coordinator)=2E