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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: "william parker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 10:10:26 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON A LOTTERY
REF NUMBER: 014/060/532
BATCH NUMBER: 762901-PCD03
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
international programs held on the 5th of September, 2005. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 27522465896-6453 with serial number
3772-554 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the
2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
500,000 (EUROS ) (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS)CONGRATULATIONS!!!
For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims have 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
20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from
all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted
and sponsored by eminent personalities coordinated by Royal lottery
promotion . We look forward to your active participation in our next year
USD50 millions lot.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember
to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondences.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon as
Winners are requested to come forward to our office address; 12 bridge
street, Staines Middlesex TW18 4TP United Kingdom with a proper
identification, a copy of the winning notification printed from your email
box (with the winning email address showing at the top), your Reference and
Note that, all winnings must be claimed not later than one month. After this
date all unclaimed funds will be null and void
Winners who are not able to come forward to our office address due to
several reasons can seek for the assistance of the under listed individual
and accredited lottery claims agent for assistance.
1.Name: Mr. John Bolton
Email address: email@example.com
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE..
Mr. Williams Parker
For: Royal lottery promotion