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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: "carol adkins" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 23:55:09 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE JUST WON $3.5M LOTTERY- CONGRATULATIONS-CONTACT BRIAN WILLIAMS
Euro - Afro Asian Sweepstake Lottery
an Affiliate of International Lottery organizationLondon.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro -Afro Asian
SweepstakeLottery International programs held on the 1st of December 2005 in
London. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 64479543465 B44 which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$3,500,000.00(Three Million Five Hundred thousand United States
from a total cash prize of US$30.5 Million Dollars, shared amongst the
first hundred (10)lucky winners in this category.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Spain as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your US$3,500,000.00 (Three
Million Five Hundred thousand United States Dollars) would be released
to You by our security firm in London.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants
were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw
system and extracted from over 100,000 individuals and companies. This
promotion takes place only for this season before play coupon begins.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to
you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your
prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous
Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
BRIAN WILLIAMS, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to contact
Mr. Brian Williams with followings details below:
1. Your full name, telephone, contact address and
2. Quote your Ticket number in any correspondences with us or our
Congratulations, once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT DIRECTLY.
Mrs. Carol Adkins
EURO-AFRO-ASIAN Zonal Coordinator.
Reply to : email@example.com
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