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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: FREE LOTTO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 14 Nov 2006 14:38:30 +0200
Subject: FREELOTTO ( YOU HAVE WON)
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY
105b WOODHILL ROAD
We are pleased to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Free Lotto draw held on the 11th of Nov 2006. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this year's Annual Free Lotto Draw. Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of E1.5 000,000 (One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euro) only.
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 37-13-43-85-67-11
(ii) Email ticket number: FL754/22/76
(iii) Lotto code number: FL09622UK
(iv) The file Ref number: FL/04/736207152/UK
Please contact the under listed operations manager as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
The Free lotto Company
Please note the steps to claim your prize;
1.Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the operations manager.
2.Winners must send their names,address,and telephone number and means of identification (international passport or drivers license)to the operations manager to process immediate payment of their prize.
3.And due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this programme.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
The FreeLotto Company
UK & Europe