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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:
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 17:43:44 +0100 (CET)
Subject: numbers (4565-333-59-870)
THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
CALLE COLONE-28080 MADRID-SPAIN
AWARD NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE.
We are delighted to notify you of the result of the
Berma international programs held on 18 Dec,2006.
Your email address were attached to one of the ten
Winning Ticket numbers (4565-333-59-870).You have
therefore been approved fora lump sum pay outof 250,000.00
(Two Hundred FiftyThousand Euro)in cash credited to file
reference no EPSL /5868990XGTY-06
All participants were selected through a computer
Ballot system from our sponsor databases, including
Over 5,000 companies and 20,000 individual E-mail
Addresses and names submitted by our agents drawn
from Asia, Africa, Europe, North And South America,
Oceania and around the world. To file for your urgent
claim, please contact our affiliate agent.
CELIKEY INSURANCE COMPANY
Mr CARLOS CANCAN
It is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and to minimize identification difficulties
advise you to keep this information confidential until
your claim is processed successfully and to avoid
Unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants
NOTE: All prize must be claimed before the 30 of Dec.
After this date,allfunds will be returned to the
MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed Fund
In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
Remember to quote your ticket,batch and ref numbers
in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be
any change of address do inform our agents as soon as
Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mis Helen Vanan
For Claims Officer
The Lotto Company, Spain