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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: "blant hurt" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 01:02:12 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION
ASSOCIATION OF SOFTWARE INC
9 Chaucer House
UK London, SW1V 3DW
WINNER! WINNER!! WINNER!!!
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY BALLOT
INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held on the 12rd december, 2005.
Due to the mix up of numbers, the results were released on the 17th
december, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
under agent ID: 10 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of $850,000.00
(Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) in cash drawn in your favor
as beneficiary and covered with HIGH IRREVOCABLE GUARANTY BOND POLICY.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claim has been processed
your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn,
from only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00 companies and 3,000,000
individual e-mail addresses and names from all over the world.
To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent below that has
been appointed for the processing of your claim with the email address
CONTACT NAME: JERRY THOMPSON
CITY/ COUNTRY: London, United Kingdom.
Note: that all winning must be claimed not later than their deadline
date of receiving this notification. After this date all unclaimed
will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your WINNING NUMBER in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our
agent as soon as possible.
The ASSOCIATION OF SOFTWARE INC is proudly sponsored by a Diamond
Company,located in Brazil in collaboration with the British Gaming
Also the ASSOCIATION OF SOFTWARE INC is held once in a year and it is
organized, because we are fast approaching the end of the year, so this
$850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) is a Christmas
prize to our lucky winners.
And we are proud to say that over 200 Million Pounds Sterling are won
annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.