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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: "Packy Aurora" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 20:33:55 +0200
C/ BARBIERI 15
28004 MADRID SPAIN
TELEFAX: +34 -669-606-035
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : elgordomasgordo.com
FROM THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/ PRIZE AWARD DEPT
BATCH NO: 00636536500
RE:AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE
Thi is to inform you of the release of today the EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY / INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PROGRAMS held on the 2nd of JUNE 2005. and released on the 22nd JUNE 2005 Your E-MAIL address / company E-mail address was attached to the ticket number 025-11-464-992-750 with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky numbers 13-15-16-21-34-36 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of 212,515.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND TWELVE THOUSANDS FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN EUROS) in cash credited to file with REF Nº: EGS/3099200500/05. and BATCH Nº: 00636536500. This is from a total cash prize of 7,438,025.00 (SEVEN MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHT THOUSAND AND TWENTY FIVE EUROS ONLY) shared among the (Thirty-five international winners). CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your fund is now deposited with (CRUSADER INT. SECURITY AND INSURANCE VAULT) and Insured. Due to mix up of e-mail addresses, we ask that you keep this award from the public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or un warranted taking of an advantage of this program participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, America, North America and Africa. As part of the International promotions program which use to be conducted once every year.
To begin your claim, Please contact the claims agent, DON PACO ALEX the Foreign Operation Manager of CRUSADER INT.SECURITY AND INSURANCE VAULT. on TEL: +34 676 122 558 and E-mail email@example.com for the processing and remmittance of your winning prize to a designation of your choice.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than, 21st of JULY 2005 after this date all funds will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please remember to quote your Reference and Batch number in every correspondence with your Agent because all the information had been forwarded to him. As soon as you contact Agent, the necessary processing will be carry on.
***CERTIFICATE OF CLAIM OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY IS MANDATORY FOR ALL WINNERS
Congratulations once again from all our Members of Staff and Thank you of being part of our International Promotions Program.