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Published June 13, 2007


I received two e-mails that were obviously scams. One informed me I had won a British lottery, and the other was a version of the Nigerian scam. Is there an agency that investigates and prosecutes this type of scam, and if so how can I report these e-mails?

Report unsolicited commercial e-mail spam on the Federal Trade Commission's Web site at html. You can also find helpful tips there on how to avoid spam scams and reduce the clutter in your in-box. The FTC works in conjunction with the Department of Justice to prosecute illegal spammers.

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