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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: "UkSweepStake Office" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 17:43:52 +0000
Subject: ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
hTHE DESK OF THE E-MAIL PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
MICROSOFT WORLD LOTTERY, UK
Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool, L30 1RD
REF NO: MSW-
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the
MICROSOFT WORD E-MAIL march 8th,2006.Your Company or your personal e-mail
address is attached to winning number 8-03-2006-02MSW, with serial number
S/N-00168 drew the lucky numbers 887-13-865-37-10-83, and consequently won
in the first lottery category.You have therefore been approved for a lump
sum pay out of GBP £92,462,000.00 POUNDS in cash credited to file REF NO:
MSW-L/200-26937 This is from total prize money of GBP £3,704,500 POUNDS,
shared among the Twenty (5) international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system
drawn form 21,000 names, 3,000 names from each continent, as part of
International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, which is conducted once in every
four years for our prominent MS WORD user all over the world,and for the
continues use of E-mail. We are sorry to let you know that our site is still
under construction, as we are updating our site and our windows 2005.
Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account with our affiliate Bank
here in UK, and insured with your REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937 and your E-mail
address,Please note that, you are to contact us via email as we are
promoting the use of E-mail, You have the right to call the bank, as we will
provide you with the necessary details on how to claim your Prize.
You are to keep your ref. number and batch number from the public, until you
have been processed and your money remitted to your personal account.We hope
with your prize, you will be happy to promote the use of E-mail and the use
of MS WORD.
To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department by
email for processing and remittance of your prize money to you.
Your assigned claims officer contact email is:
Name: MR Sari Chiu
He is to help you in claiming your due prize. Remember, all prize money must
be claimed not later than the 20th of march, 2006. All funds not claimed on
or before the fixed date will be penalized accordingly.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences
with your claims officer.Any winner below the age of 18years is
Mrs. Theresa Barnes.
For MS WORD LOTTO UK;
NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer
directly immediately with the following details For claims
FULL LEGAL NAMES:
COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS:
MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS UK, MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS ASIA, MICROSOFT
CO-OPERATIONS USA, Lloyds BANK UK, CITIPAKCOURIR AND PORTLANDCOURIER.