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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:
From: "MRS CARMEN LOPEZ." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 17:12:51 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
ELGORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY COMPANY. S.L
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
REFERENCE FILE NO:-LP/26510460037/05. BATCH
ADDRESS:CALLE GUZMAN EL BEUNO 132,MADRID SPAIN.
AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement, of
winners of the ELGORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA LOTTERY
SWEEPSTAKES/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES held on 11th
FEBUARY,2005. Your name attached to ticket number
004-05117963-198 with serial number 99375 drew the
lucky numbers of 31-33-34-35-36-42 which
consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved of Winning (E
847,828,87.Cents) (EIGHT HUNDRED AND FORTY SEVEN
THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT EUROS AND
EIGHTY SEVEN CENTS)in cash credited to file with
REF. NO. LP/26510460037/05. Among twenty-two
international winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited with SOLID TRUST SECURITY
COMPANY and insured in your name. Due to mix up of
some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this
award from public notice until your claim has been
processed and money remitted to you, as this
is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unwarranted people taking advantage of
this programme by participants as it has happened in
All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Asia,
Australia, New Zealand, Africa, North and South
America and Europe as part of our International
promotions programme. We hope your lucky name will
draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent
To begin your lottery claim, please contact your
claims agent Dr Luis Fernandez.(Foreign Operations
SOLID TRUST SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY on Tel:
for the processing and remittance of your winning
Any claim not made before this date 15th MARCH 2005
will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, please remember to quote your
referenceand batch numbers in every correspondence with us
or your claims agent. Furthermore, should there be any change
of address, do inform your claim agent as soon as
possible. An original copy of your prize Winning
Certificate will be sent to you. Congratulations
once again from all members of our staff and thank you
for being a part of our International promotions
Mrs Carmen Lopez,