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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: "vera white" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 08:44:44 +0000
Subject: Dear Winner
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY
The Marina Offices,
upon Tyne, NE6 1HX
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the
FreeLotto draw held on the MAY 2nd 2005. All 10 winning addresses were
randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails.Your email
address emerged alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this year's
Annual FreeLotto Draw.
Consequently,you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
1,000,000 pounds (one million pounds) only.The following particulars are
attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) winning numbers: 37-13-43-85-67-11
(ii) email ticket number: FL754/22/76
(iii) lotto code number: FL09622UK
(iv) the file Ref number: FL/04/736207152/UK
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this
award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and
your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this
Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:
Chief financial Director
The Freelotto Company
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember,you must contact your claims officer not
later than one week from the receipt of this mail.After this date, all funds
will be returned as unclaimed.All correspondences to ROBERT KIRTON by email
should have this email sent along with it and also, your email address to
which this email is sent,should be clearly and boldly written in your
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference number in every one of your
correspondences with your officer.Furthermore,should there be any change of
your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
The Lotto company
UK & Europe.
The FreeLotto Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation,the
Intel Group,Toshiba, Dell computers,Mckintosh and a conglomeration of other
IT companies.The freelotto internet draw is held once in a year and is so
organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide.We
are proud to say that over 200 Million Euros are won annually in more than
150 countries worldwide.
We also encourage you to visit our website at www.freelotto.com and take
your chance to play and become part of our daily winners. Millions are won
on a daily basis on one of the world's most famous free lotto service.