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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: "lottery 012005" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 18:21:41 +0000
British Lottery Headquarters:
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
We happily announce to you the draw of the British
Lottery International programs held on the 220th of
december 2005 in London. Your e-mail address attached
to ticket number: 564 75600545-188 with serial number
5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total
sum of US$1,500,000.00 (one million, five hundred thousand,
United States Dollars) in cash credited to file
RPC/9080118308/04 made available from a total cash prize
of US $125 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty
(50) lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected randomly from world
wide web sites through a computer drawn system and
extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion
takes place annually.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls
within our booklet representative office in Europe as
indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your
US$1,500,000.00 (one million, five hundred
thousand, United States Dollars) would be released to
you by our affiliate bank in London as soon as you
Please be warned. To file for your claim, contact our
fiduciary agent with the below details;
AGENT: Mr.sithole williams
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or
our designated agent. Congratulations once more.
mr barry adams Co-ordinator,
British Lottery International.