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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: "NETPOINT CORPORATION" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2006 03:37:14 -1000
PLS CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT
PRIZE AWARD DEPT.GC/(B)
RE: WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery
Winners International programs held on the 10th Dec 05.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 10902219877-
4213 with serial number 370-611403 drew lucky numbers
4-00-97-22-00-00 which consequently won in
the 3rd category, you have therefore been approved for
a sum pay out of $2000,000 USD.
(Two Million Dollars). CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is
from the total sum of 10,000 000 United State Dollars
category for three winners.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep your winning information very confidential till
your claims has been processed and your prize/money
Remitted to you. This is part
of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from over 200,000,000 company and 300,000,000 individual
email addresses and names from all over the world. This
promotional program takes place annually. We
hope with part of your winning you will take
part in our next year USD90,000 000 million
international lottery. To file for your claim,
please contact our/your fiducial agent
UNIVERSALFUNDS FINANCE & CLAIMS
MR GEORGE BROWN
Note that all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications please remember to quote your reference
number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Further,
should there be any change of address do inform our agent
as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from
our members of staff and thank you for being part of
our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 21 is
Mrs. Rose Fins