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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: "lotto award" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:47:37 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION CONTACT YOUR AGENT!!!!!
FROM THE DESK OF DAYZERS E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
RE: EMAIL WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE:
We are glad to inform you that your E-mail address appears as the confirmed
Winner of our last Dayzers email lottery program held on the 9th December
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 216-365-787 with Serial number
lucky numbers 32-15-54-35-47, which Consequently won in the 2nd category,
you have therefore been approved For a lumpsum ayment of EUR 500.000.00
This promotional program takes place every year. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system rawn from over 100,000 companies
and 50,000, 000 ndividual email addresses and names from all over the world.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to
quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. We ask
that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has
been processed and your money remitted to you.
To file for your claim or for further details, please contact our agent:
CONTACT NAME:VAN BOMAN
CITY/ COUNTRY:AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
FREE SERVICE NUMBER:0031-616-140-156
In respect of our commitment towards helping the less previledge, we ask
that you voluntarily contribute 1% of your Global winnings to any charity
organization you desire at your convinience.
Note that all winning must be claimed not later than 29th of December 2005.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our promotional program.
Mrs. Vanessa J. Smith
This email and its attachments are confidential and may contain legally
privileged information. You should not disclose the contents to any other
person. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender
immediately and delete this email from your