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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: "Kelly Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:38:58 +0000
Subject: OVERSEAS ONLINE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
OVERSEAS ONLINE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
LONDON.12 BRIDGE STREET,
STAINES MIDDLESEX TW18 4TP UK
REF NUMBER: OSL/653/029/03
BATCH NUMBER: AT-040-SB06-03
TICKET NUMBER: 27522465896-532
DEAR LUCKY WINNER.
We are pleased to inform you, THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT Lottery
DRAWS HELD on the 4TH/12/ 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number 27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662 drew lucky numbers
7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category. You have
therefore been approved a lump sum pay out of 4,000,000 (POUNDS) (FOUR
MILLION POUNDS) note that All participants in this lotteryprogram have
been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over
20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search
engines and websites.
This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, bill
gates of microsoft inc and other corporate organisations. this is to
encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide.For security
purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information
confidential until your claims have been processed and your money emitted to
you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
We look forward to your active participation in our next year GPD50
millions lot.You are requested to contact our clearance officer below to
assist you with your winnings and subsequent payments. all winnings must be
claimednot later than one month After the date of this notice.Please note,
in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,remember to quote
your reference number, batch numbers and ticket number in all
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent
as soon as possible.Congratulations once more and thank you for being part
of our promotional program.
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF
MS KELLY SMITH
YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT MR MIKE BURTON FOR YOUR CLAIM
FOREIGN DEPARTMENT MANAGER,
CASH CHANGE UK LTD