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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "E.U LOTTERY NETHERLANDS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 19:24:10 -1000
Subject: NEW YEAR AWARD NOTIFICATION RESULT !!!
NEW YEAR AWARD NOTIFICATION RESULT !!!
E.U LOTTO AWARD
LUCKY NUMBER: 44/42/09-ANL/06
TICKET NUMBER: 67-84-501
YOUR REF NUMBER: AD/GU888/68/06.NH
OUR CONTACT E-MAIL: email@example.com
FINAL NOTICE OF WINNING
We are delighted to notify you of the result of the free lotto E.U programs
held on 7th of February, 2007 your
email address were attached to one of the ten winning Ticket numbers
(67-84-501) - with Game (Number 7387).
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 750,000.00 euro
(Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euro)
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our
sponsors 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.
CONTACT AGENT : MRS. LUCY HANS
E.U LOTTO AWARD AGENCY
ROTTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS
REPLY E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
All winnings must be claimed not later than 2 weeks upon receipt of this
notification, after this date all unclaimed winnings will
be null and void.
In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote
your ticket number and game numbers in all
correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agents as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional
Mrs. Tracy Damwijk
Award Centre Co-coordinator
E.U Lottery International office
NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer
immediately via the provided email address. In order to
avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your
reference number in every one of your correspondences.