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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: Lisa Smith <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 06:51:36 -0700 (PDT)
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
WINNING NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE:
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Golden Gate Games & Sweepstake Lottery" programs held on the 31st Of May 2006, e-mail address attached to ticket number 7767733967-190 with game serial number 659328, Drew lucky Numbers 14-24-30-34-43-44,which consequently won the lottery in to category. You have therefore been approved for a lump Sum pay of US$1.000.000 (One-Million United States Dollars).This is from the total Cash prize of US$15million Shared among the Ten International lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot System drawn from our sponsors' databases, including over 500,000 company and individual email addresses and names Submitted by Our agents from all over the world. We hope With part of your winning, you will visit our partner's site http://www.freelotteriesonline.com to play on line.
To file for your claim, please contact: our regional finance agent MR.STEVEN MARTINS, for financial Services in the United Kingdom. Trough, Email:email@example.com Due to mix up of some numbers And names, we ask that you keep your winning information Confidential until your claims have been Processed.
This is Part of our security protocol to avoid double Claiming and Unwanted abuse of this program by some Participants. Please not that all winnings must be claimed Not later than 12th of June, 2006.After this date all Unclaimed winnings will be null & void. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications. Remember to quote your reference number and batch Numbers In all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any Changes of your email address do inform our agents as soon as Possible. Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our Promotional program.
Mrs. Lisa Smith (Winning Co-Coordinator, GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY).
- Lisa Smith