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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: "BRIAN MARTINS" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:56:14 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!YOU ARE A WINNER.
The Liverpool Football Club Lottery,
P O Box 1010,
Liverpool, L70 1NL
END OF YEAR PROMOTION
The management of liverpool football club is glad to announce to the
world the END OF YEAR PROMOTION giving away of the sum of TWENTY MILLION
UNITED KINGDOM POUNDS to 40 lucky email addresses all over the world.This
promotion is in appreciation of our International Support in the European
Champions League Finals In Turkey and the correspondent capital profit in
stock market which was far beyond our projected quarterly earnings. It
is also to Mark the Club's end of year and 100 years of cooperate
be informed that all winners in this program have been selected
randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 500,000 companies
and individual e-mail addresses database.
Your email address happened to be one of the lucky winner of five hundred
thousand pounds ( £500.000.00(G.B.P) among the Forty email addressess
chosen. For all our international winners the value of the amount comes to
Nine Hundred and Seventeen thousand, Nine hundred and fifty-six United
States Dollars.In other to claim your £500,000.00 prize, you will have
to fill the form below and send it back to us for verification and then
you will be inform on how your Cashier's Check for £500,000.00 has
already been deposited with your email contact.
PAYMENT PROCESSING FORM,
9.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
Please you are adviced to complete the form and send back to us for
prompt collection. You are automatically disqualified if you are below 18
years of age.Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners
will result to disqualification. This E-mail message (including
attachments, if any)is intended for the use of the individual or entity to
which it is addressed and may contain Information that is privileged,
proprietary,confidential and exempted from disclosure. If you are not the
intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination,distribution
or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent