You receive an e-mail stating that you are the lucky winner of the first prize of a major lottery worth several (hundred) thousand euros. To pocket your winnings, all you have to do is reply to the e-mail.
After earning your trust and exchanging a few e-mails with you, possibly with attachments representing papers certifying you are indeed the winner, your contact person will explain that to access the said amount, you need to fork up administrative fees plus customs charges, miscellaneous and varied taxes, etc.
This is how Internet fraudsters are able to extort thousands of euros from users who fall for this hoax.
How can you protect yourself?
All lotteries and contests have rules and regulations you have the right to access. What's more, the e-mail address is generally hosted in a free messaging service. And how can you explain why you need to pay money to access such a large sum?
In short, you're best off directly dragging this type of message to the trash!
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