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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.
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Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 11:41:33 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON WON $500,000:00!!!
CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON WON $500,000:00!!!
LUCKY DAY INTERNATIONAL AWARD NL.
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
WINNING NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release today the 5th of February 2005,of
the lucky day Netherlands Sweepstake International program held on the 4th
of February 2005. Your personal or company email address attached to ticket
number 205-11465886-629 with serial number 3772-99 drew lucky numbers 7-14-17-23-31-44
which consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore
been approved for a lump sum payout of $500,000.00(five hundred thousand
US dollars) in cash credited to file Ref.No: SLN/2311786008/01.Batch No:14/011/IPD.This
is from a total cash prize of U.S.$200million shared among several international
lucky winners in this category.
CONGRATULATIONS. Your fund is now deposited with our Security Department
to your name and due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you
keep this winning private from public notice until your claim has been processed
and your money remitted to your designated account.This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claim and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 900,000,000 company and individual email addresses from all over the
world as part of our international promotions programme,which takes place
We hope, with part of your winning, you will take part in our end of year
stake of U.S $500million international lottery. Remember,all winning must
be claimed not later than February 20th 2005.After this date all unclaimed
fund will be returned to the pool as unclaimed.
NOTE:In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember
to quote your refrence and batch numbers in all correspondence with your
agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform your
agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of
staff and thank you for being part of our promotional programme.
please forward your reply and your contact details to our office email address.(
Johnson Van Goh.(Lottery co-ordinator)
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