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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: "AWARD RESULT DEPARTMENT S.A." <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 23:25:50 +0200
Subject: LOTTERY LA PRIMITIVA ANNUAL INTERNET PROGRAM / WINNERS NOTIFICATION!!!
FROM: THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT LOTERIA LA PRIMITIVA,
CALLE GUZMAN EL BUENO 137, 28905 MADRID - SPAIN.
E: MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
BATCH: 24 / 00319 / ESP.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 09/5/2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 025 11464992 - 750 with serial number 2113 05 , batch number 24/ 00319/ ESP, lottery ref number LP/ 26510460037/05 and drew lucky numbers 7-9-4-17-34-44 which consequently won in 3rd category , you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of EURO 1,200,000.00 (ONE MILLION , TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS ONLY).
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000 company and 20,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Association of software producers. We hope with part of your winning, you will take part in our next year uro20 million international lottery.
To File for your Claim, Please contact our Fiducially Agent:
Paul Felipe ( Insurance Officer),
Santa Luz Seguro SA,
Madrid , España.
Email: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tel: +34 - 699 - 596 - 453
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th of May, 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary Delays and Complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
MARIA JOSE SANCHEZ
Lotería La Primitiva,
Calle Guzmán El Bueno 137 Madrid España.