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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: "UK LOTTO WINNERS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:27:47 +0000
Subject: YOU ARE A WINNER!!! CONGRATULATIONS.
YOU ARE A WINNER!!! CONGRATULATIONS.
45 ELMDENE RD WOOLICH,
SE 16 TZ,UNITED-KINGDOM.
We happily announce to you the draw(#983) of the UK-LOTTO SweepstakeLottery
International programs held on the 25TH NOVEMBER 2005.in LEEDS
UNITED-KINGDOM. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545
188 with Serial number5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 14 18 29 33 37 39 47
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category.You have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £ 1,000,000(One Million
Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file ktu/9023118308/03.All participants
were selected 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 with! in our
European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon.In view of this,your £ 1,000,000(One Million Pounds Sterling) 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 deem 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 be
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please quote your
reference/batch numbers and winning numbers in any correspondences with us
or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank
you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Sir. E Shaw
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program