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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: "www.lotto.nl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 12:42:53 +0000
FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED LOTTERY PROMOTERS.
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just
concluded annual final draws of De Lotto Netherlands
International Lottery programs.
The online 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. 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:
Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a
cash prize of 1,500.000.(ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
EUROS ONLY) each from the total payout. Your prize awards
has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred 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:
Mr. Peter Van Smith
Financial Director, Netherlands Development Finance
Company,De Amsterdamse Poort Bijlmerplein
888 1102 MG Amsterdam
1000 BV Amsterdam
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 20 days.
After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the
next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in
all correspondence. You are to keep all lotto information
away from the 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!!!
Mrs. Mildred Hugo
De Lotto Netherlands International
all response should be mail to email@example.com