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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: "Jersey Lite" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 04 Mar 2006 23:38:31 +0100
Subject: JERSEY LITE PROMOTIONS WINNER!!!
JERSEY LITE PROMOTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF NUMBER: JLP-JE/U17/R4 BATCH NO: 199/ERE/2006.
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of 25th February 2006, of winners of the JERSEY LITE PROMOIONS programs held on the 24th of December, 2005 as part of the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery. Your email, attached to ticket number 2005-76445-78, with serial number 54478-435 drew the lucky numbers 21-74-43-29-2-59, and consequently won the lottery in category B. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of £1,312,000.00 in cash credited to file REF: JLP-JE/U17/R4.
This is from total prize money of £4,410,000.00 shared among 7 winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from 96,000 emails from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe and North America and Oceania as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
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.We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our 2006 high stakes International Jackpot of £3,900,000.00.
To begin your claim for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice, please contact;
Mr. Berkeley Freeman
Tel: +44 703 184 9635
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Ms. Daniella Adams
The Promotions Manager
JERSEY LITE PROMOTIONS.
NB: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Do not reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent.