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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 www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/spam/report. 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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