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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: "sweepsstake lottery" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 04:10:35 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION FOR BEING A LUCKY WINNER!!!
Sweeps stake Lottery
An Affiliate of International
We happily announce to you the draw of the Sweep stake LotteryInternational
programs held on the 26th of march 2005 in London.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket Number-644 79231101 D44,Serial
Number: 6395-408AWL,Batch Number: D51/10872004PDU and Lottery Reference
Number: 63-76-95-27-14 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$3,500,000.00(Three Million Five Hundred United States Dollars).
This is from a total cash prize of US$35 Million Dollars, shared amongst the
first hundred (10)lucky winners in this category. Please note that your
lucky winning number falls within our Europianbooklet representative office
in London as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your US$3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred United
States Dollars) would be released to you by our security firm in London.
Our Europian agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him.All participants were
selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and
extracted from over 100,000 individuals and companies.
This promotion takes place only for this season before play coupon begins.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements, Please be
To file for your claim,please contact our fiduciary agent: Mr.Marc Douglas
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,you are to contact Mr.Marc
Douglas with followings details below:
1. Your full name, telephone, contact address and
2. Quote your Ticket number in any correspondences with us or our
Congratulations, once more from all members and staffs of this
program.Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT DIRECTLY.
Mrs Jennifer Smith