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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: "FORTUNE ONLINE PROMOTION" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 09:03:15 +0200
Subject: YOUR EMAIL HAS WON =?iso-8859-1?Q?=A31?=,000,000 GBP (FORTUNATE WINNER)
15 STAMFORD BRIDGE
LIVERPOOL UNITED KINGDOM
Ticket Number: 025-11464992-750
Dear Lucky Winner,
THE FORTUNE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL SEASONAL PROMOTION
PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws of Fortune Manchester Zone A3, UK Annual Promo.
However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to
different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of
ten winners in the lst category for the second prize with the following
You as well as the other winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of
£1,000,000(ONE MILLION BRITISH POUNDS) each from the total payout.
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting the requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications,validations and satisfactory report.
To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to
contact our licensed and accredited claims agent/security company for lst
category winners with the information below: You are also advised
to give the following informations to the claim's agent via email
Date of Birth.
You are to choose from any of the transfer options Below
(1)ONLINE BANK TRANSFER
(3)CASH PICK UP
FORTUNE ONLINE PROMO CLAIMS AGENT
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public
especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case
of double claims will not be entertained). Members of the affiliate agencies
are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!
Mrs. Mureen Bruce .
Fortune Games/Lottery Coordinator.
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