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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: "LOTTONET INTERNATIONAL." <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 19:34:27 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION!!!YOUR EMAILHAS WON YOU A PRIZE/AWARS
FROM:INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
RE: WINNER NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the long awaited recently released result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 1st of May,2006 in commemoration of the workers day celebration http://flag.blackened.net/daver/anarchism/mayday.html
YOUR EMAIL-ADDRESS attached to ticket number:912-500-21-17 with serial
number IS 241582.drew lucky numbers 501-8111-312,which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 Euros. (ONE MILLIONS EUROS ONLY) already insured in your favour.
This is to help encourage the rapid use of Microsoft wares and to enlighten and promote the wide spread usage of the internet within the global world, under the able sponsorship of Microsoft ware wizard Bill Gates, Sultan of Brunei, together with the USA,AUSTRALIA& a few members of the EUROPEAN ECONOMIC STATES, being powered by http://lottostrategies.com./
This is our second and last reminder to you with every believe that you received the last notification sent to you via the same email address last month as the management will not continue to send you another notice/reminder over your winning if you do not respond immediately to your
We strongly advise that you strictly keep your winning information confidential due to mix up of some numbers and names until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol and diverse new measures to avoid the duplicating and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and unscrupulous personals/establishment.
Meanwhile, to clarify your doubts on how come you were selected and frequently questions that you may likely ask (HOW DID I ENTER THIS CONTEST???HOW DID YOU GET MY EMAIL ADDRESS???HOW DID I WIN???).
Please note that all email address/names registered with different and various websites/pages in the internet were selected through a computerized ballot machine system from the internet, randomly drawn from over 100,000.00 COMPANIES and 50,000,000.00(INDIVIDUALS PRIVATE/PERSONAL) Email Addresses and names from all over the world, where your own EMAIL ADDRESS happens to have been luckily selected under the second category (B) to have attracted this winnings.
This promotional program takes place once in every three years inconjunction with international governmental policies under very strict regulatory laws within the world lottery association in the bid to strive towards a world without poverty in which every person can exercise his or her right to a life of dignity and to equally establish themselves and help create room for useful and gainful employment through the fund/prize you are been awarded.
We hope you will utilise your prize fund in an innovative, support, development programmes, gaining reputation in your live from government and people.
To file in and collect your claims for this prize won, please quickly contact directly our accredited agent, who will personally act as your TRUSTEES CLAIM AGENT:DR MARVIN WILLIAMS for)NETWORKING SECURITIES& CONSULTANT EMAIL: (firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com: TEL NUMBER---0034-649-500-072.
Remember, all winning must be claimed before and not later than(31TH MAY,2006).After this date all unclaimed funds stands the risk of
being retrieved back into the treasury and perhaps included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications always remember to quote your REFERENCE & BATCH NUMBERS in all
correspondence to your accredited trustee claims agent and ensure to comply with every directive.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff for having been a lucky winner in our international promotions program.
ANGELLA MATINA ENZO(Mrs).
Regional President/Lottery Coordinator.
SEND REQUIRED INFORMATION BELOW TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT
firstname.lastname@example.org 0R email@example.com
1. FULL NAMES: _______________________________
2. ADDRESS: __________________________________
3. SEX: _______________
4. AGE: ________
5. MARITAL STATUS: ___________________
6. OCCUPATION: _______________________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER: ________________
9. LUCKY MAIN NUMBER: _______________
10.TICKET NUMBER: ___________________
11.REF / BATCH NUMBER: ______________
12.AMOUNT WON: ______________________
13.IDENTIFICATION NUMBER EITHER INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVING (SCAM PHOTO COPY)
LICENCE / NATIONAL ID CARD