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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: "mrslisa coppens" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 21:14:20 +0000
Subject: Award Notification.
THE PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR
BEIGLSCHE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
(ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT)
BELGIUM EMAIL LOTTERY (BE) INTERNATIONAL SWEEPTAKES.
Credited file Number:EGS56/50071245/25
ATTENTION. TO WINNERS IN OUR PROGRAM
We wish to congratulate you over your success in our
computer balloting sweepstake held on the 13th december 2005.
In which email addresses were used. It is a promotional
program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore
you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number 738-
13465550-7--798 with serial number 8052-79 drew
lucky numbers 8-10-25-30-32-49 which consequently
won in the 1st category.You have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay of 1,000,000.00 EUROS (ONE MILLION EUROS)
This is from a total cash prize of ( THIRTY MILLION
EUROS)shared among the thrity international winners
in this category.CONGRATULATIONS!!!Due to mix up of
some numbers and names.
we request that you keep the entire details of your
award strictly from public notice until the process
of transferring your claims has been completed, and
your funds remitted to your account.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
50,000 company and 70,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year,
the lottery was promoted and sponsored by belgium
lottery to compensate some few individuals with
website and email addresses.
We also wish to bring to your notice of our next
year premium stakes draw where you stand a chance
of winning up to 50.000.000 (FIFTY MILLION EUROS)
We hope that with a part of your prize
you will participate in it.
Your fund is now deposited with in a bank under a
fixed deposit bond policy insured to you by our
financial agent.To file for your claim please
contact our financial agent,
(E.U) Foriegn operations manager,
Mr Bart walter Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember all winning must be claimed not later
than 23rd december 2005.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included
in the nextstake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays
and complications please remember to quote
your credited file number and Batch numbers
in all correspondence.
Please attach your phone and fax number.
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