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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: "THE PEOPLES LOTTERY." <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2005 06:37:38 -0400
Subject: THE PEOPLES LOTTERY.
THE PEOPLES LOTTERY
I.P.P Award Dept.
BATCH NO: 11/25/0305
We happily announce to you the draw of the PEOPLES LOTTERY Sweepstake
International programs held on the 4th of April,2005 in
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number : 564-7566545288 with
Serial number 5233/09 drew the luckynumbers:19-6-26-17-35-7, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of U.S $500,000.00
(Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file
ktu/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prizeof U.S 5 Hundred
Thousand dollars, shared amongst the first nine (9) lucky winners in this
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies all over
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please
This lottery is promoted and sponsored by software corporations and other
private organizations to help individuals generate fortunes which would
encourage them to expand their business frontiers and assist with
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon
as possible. Congratulations from our organization and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
MR WILLIAM NUNN.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
N.B: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified from this
SIR JAMES WILTORD.
THE PEOPLES LOTTERY Co-ordinator .