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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: "LISA WISE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 10:24:03 +0000
Subject: CLAIM YOUR WINNING!!!
FROM: THE DIRECTOR
EUROPEAN PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 26/05/2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number :EL-23133 with serial number: EL-123542,batch number: EL-35,lottery ref number: EL-9318 and drew lucky numbers 7-1-8-36-4-22 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,700,000.00 (one Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States dollars).
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 a group of successful electronic dealers.we hope with part of your winning, you will take part in our next year US$15 million international lottery. To file out your claim, please contact our
Contact Person: Mr.Louis Mike
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th Of June 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.Yours Sincerely,
Mrs . Lisa Wise