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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: "Rita Jones" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 04:57:45 +0000
Subject: Emerged Winner
We happily announce to you the draw of the STATES-LOTTO Sweepstake
Online Lottery International programs held on the 13th of DECEMBER, 2005 in
BRESIA ITALY Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188
with Serial number 5368/02drew the lucky numbers:19-6-26-17-35-7, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,500,000.00 (Two
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file
This is from a total cash prize of US $ 25 Million dollars, shared
amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.All participants
randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and
extracted from over 100,000 companies.
This promotion takes place annually Please note that your lucky winning
number falls within our European booklet representative office in
Europe as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this, your
(Two million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) would be released
to you by our payment office in europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons,
you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your
claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you
fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.Please
To file for your claim, please contact
FIDUCIARY AGENT:KEITH LEON.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your full
names,your country, your private Telephone and fax number, your
reference/batch numbers etc in any correspondences with us or our
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.