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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:
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 15:50:25 +0200
FROM: THE LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR,LUCKYSTRIKE LOTTOS
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
RE / AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded final
draws of Luckystrike Lotto Netherland International Lottery programs. The
cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000 e-mail
addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced
automated random computer search from the internet. Participants were
selected from all over the world through a computer ballot from Africa,
America, Asia, Australia, Europe and Middle East, as part of our
International Promotions Program. No tickets were sold. After this
automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two
winners in the category "A" with the following:This promotional program
takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by
multi national companies .
Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
You as well and the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize
of 500,000.00.( FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) each from
the total payout. Your prize awards has been insured with your e-mail
address and will be transfered to you upon meeting our requirements,
statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory
report. To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are
advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category
"A" winners with the informatiom below:
Development Finance Company,
De Amsterdamse Poort
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 30 days. After this
date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember
to quote your reference information in al correspondence. You are to
keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your
reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double
claims will not be entertained).
Anybody under the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to participate in this program. Thank you and
congratulations!!! Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Mildred Hugo
( Lottery Coordinator).
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