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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 National Lottery" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 14:46:00 +0000
Subject: CONGRATS YOU ARE A WINNER!
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
12 BRIDGE STREET,
STAINIES MIDDLESEX TW18 4TP
FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the
NATIONAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held on 6TH JANUARY 2006. You / your
company, attached to ticket number 013-2316-2002-477, with serial number
A025-09 drew the lucky numbers 37-13-34-85-56-42, and consequently won in
category B.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only in cash credited to file REF NO.
REF: AST341739DS. All participants in this Lottery Program have been
selected randomly through a computer Ballot System drawn from over 200,000
Companies and 30,000,000 individual emails address from all search engines
and web sites from Australia, New Zealand, America, Asia, Europe, USA and
North America as part of our International Promotions Program.Due to the mix
up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from
public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to
your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.To begin your claim,
please contact your claims officer immediately:
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice, kindly provide him with the following information:
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences
with your officer. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address,
do inform your claims officer as soon as possible. Congratulations again
from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
THE DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they
are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify
the system manager.
Office Of National Lottery.