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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: cristin fenado <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 19:27:15 +0200
Subject: THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY SPANISH HEAD OFFICE , MADRID, SPAIN.13TH July 2007www.freelotto.com Dear Winner, RE:WINNING NOTIFICATION .
We are pleased to announce you as third category winner of this years annual Free Lotto Award.All winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. Consequently,you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 550,000.euros(Five hundred and fifty thousand euros)only.The following particulars were attached to your lotto payment order
(i)Lucky numbers: 7-87-67-19-14-11(ii) Ticket number: 624381734-1112(iii) Batch Number: JVHN/21/294/VHIT(iv) Lottery Ref Number: TSR1242-BGR1034/06and(v) Serial Number: ES- 398-4132-16
Your security file number is ES-423215341P. Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings: Name:Mr.John CarlosNavis Insurance CompanyEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTEL: +34- 651-335-021. TEL: +34-634-002-559
After the acknowlegement of the receipt of this winning notification you would be sent a lottery claims/Apraisal form to fill and submit to our lawyer who will carry out the legalisation of the transfer of your winning.Do not forget to quote your reference number in all correspondence.Once again on behalf of all our staffs we are wishing you a big CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Yours sincerely, Rita MooreFor Claims Officer The Lotto Company,Spain.
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