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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: "p smith" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 14:23:11 +0200
EURO MILLIONS ESPANA
We are happy to inform you that your email address has been selected as
one of the lucky email addresses in the category "B" of the online lotto
conducted by EURO MILLIONS INTERNATIONAL .
The EURO MILLIONS INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM was conducted by an automated
computer balloting system, where by email addresses(30,000 email
addresses),were extracted from all continents of the world.A draw was held
in different categories and
winners emerged from different parts of the world and they are entitled to
various cash prizes depending on their different categories.Thus ,you are
to a prize money of 466.812,79 Euros(Four hundred and sixty-six thousand,
hundred and twelve euro,seventy-nine cent)only.
As a category B winner, you have been selected by computer balloting system
only email addresses are soughted,from a total number of 30,000 email
drawn from all over the globe.After an automated computer ballot of our
Promotions Program, only ten winners emerged in this category and therefore
to receive payout of 466.812,79 Euros.This promotional program takes place
every year, and is promoted and sponsored! by EURO MILLIONS
INTERNATIONAL,and other corporate organisations.
This is to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide.
To immediately claim your prize, please contact our fiduciary agent:
below are the contact information of your fiiduciary agent:
TRUSTEE FINANCE AGENCY S.L
calle colon 1(28972).
In your best interest(s),you must initiate contact within one week of
of this correspondence.
You are to provide the below details,to enable the speedy evaluation and
processing of your winnings. we advice that you adhere strictly to their
procedures to avoid any disqualifications and subsequent cancellation.
1. your full names
2. your full home / office address
3. direct telephone/fax numbers and email
4. fax copy of your identity card/driver's license
The beneficiary is responsible for the(VETT/APPROVAL CHARGES)of his fund
to his/her country.Your winning prize is not deductable until your winnings
has been processed,approved and transfered to you by your claim agent above,
For verification on your lucky winning prize,you are to visit our online
(http://www.loteria.com/euro.php ) and indicate the date this email lottery
programme draw of the EURO MILLIONS was held (30th of december 2005)and
there you will find your result winning number.the late release of this
result was due
to difficulties encountered in sorting out mixed up numbers and email
We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate
in any of our international programs in the nearest future.