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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: EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 14:54:41 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION!!! WINNING NOTIFICATION AWARD 2006
EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: EGGS-541-623-782: 24TH july2006
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Lottery
Winners International E-mail programs held on the 24TH july 2006.
E-mail address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial
main number 345-790-241-671 drew lucky star numbers 34-32-90-43-32
which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been
approved for a lump sum pay out of 1.000.000.00 Euro.(One Million Euros)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has
been processed and your 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 100,000 company and
50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates, President of
Microsoft, the world's largest software company inorder to enhance and
promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and microsoft-wares around
the globe. This promotional program takes place every three years. We
hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50
million Euro International lottery.
To file for your claims, please contact our fiducial agent: DR.NELSON PAUL,
(SANTA LUCIA SECURITY COMPANY)
CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT ON TEL:+34 -646-214-988
Email: email@example.com t
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than two weeks,After
this date 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. Furthermore, 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 18 is automatically disqualified.