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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: "juanita galen" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 20:25:07 +0000
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION!!!
AWARD DEPT.REF: RGH/871-FPPM3567/55
SERIA NO: 77KVX6942
WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 28TH of OCTOBER. 2005. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 351-55878 drew lucky numbers
7-22-26-69-37-12, which consequently won in the 2nd Category, you have
therefore been approved for a Lump sum pay out of US$1,000,000.00 (One
Million United States Dollars).
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information very confidential till your claim has been processed and your
prize/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 200,000,000 company and 300,000,000 individual email addresses and
names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place
annually. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next
year USD200 million international lottery. To file for your claim, please
contact our/your fiducial agent,
MR.GARVIN LAM.of the,
Note that all winning must be claimed not later than 18TH of DECEMBER
2005.After this date all unclaimed, funds will be included in the next
stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and
thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs. JUDITH BAUER.