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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: "Esmee Brice" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 01:53:10 +0000
Subject: 1st Price Winner
Batch No.: 05/98
Winning No.: 11-16-28-37-41-46/29
Draw Schedule: 07 Dec 2005
We happily announce to you the draws of the France-Lotto Lottery programs
held on the 7th of December 2005 here in Paris - France in which you and
seven (7) other provisional winners were selected as winners under Batch No.
05/98 in Category II. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
1001135JKP drew the lucky numbers: 11-16-28-37-41-46/29, which subsequently
won you the 1st price. See
(http://www.thelotter.com/Results_.asp?Lottery=19) for further
clarifications. All participants were selected randomly through computer
ballot draw system and from 5,000 individuals. You have therefore been
granted provisional approval to claim a total sum of 898,374.00 Euros
(Eight Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy-Four
Euros) as your winning prize. This is from a total prize pool (Jackpot) of
3,000,000 Euros. In line with this, your 1,826,461.00 Euros will be paid to
you upon confirmation and clarification by our claims agents in United
Kingdom that you have been assigned to for convenience and to forestall any
language difficulty. The agents will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your winnings as soon as you contact them.
Do please quote your Batch, Reference and Winning numbers in any
correspondence with our designated agent. Please include your telephone
number(s) when contacting the agent.
Mr. Owen Smith
Capital Credit & Trust Ltd
London, United Kingdom.
Tel: 44 703 193 0578
44 703 193 0573
Fax: 44 870 139 8800
Reply the agents through any of the email addresses listed below:
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program and
thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Esmee Brice (Ms.)
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
Disqualification. Please do not reply to this email rather contact your
claim agent. Note also that you are automatically disqualified if you are
below 18 years of age.