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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: "THE NATIONAL LOTTERY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 17:48:45 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
AN CRANNCHUR NAISIUNTA
An Post National Lottery Company.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of The National Lottery Email
Program has been released.Your Email address attached to ticket number
5-4-3-2-1-0 with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky numbers 03 04 08 12 27
36 which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 1,000,000.00 (One
Million Euros) in cash credited to file EAASL/941OYI/02/STXN.
This is from a total cash prize of 50 Million Euros shared amongst
the first fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
25,000 names and email addresses from all continent of the world as part of
our international promotions program which we conduct twice every year
To begin your claim please contact your claims agent:
Claims Agent Asian District
Your claims agent will assist you in the processing for the remittance of
your prize funds pending on your choice of payment.
Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than One month.
After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as
unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please
endeavor to quote your Reference (TNL/776/05/EGS) and Batch numbers
(02/01/0078) in every correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should
there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as
Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thanks for
being part of our promotions program.
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY.