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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: "Mrs.Tonia Alicia." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 11:35:17 +0200
Subject: AWARD/PROMOTIONAL DEPARTMENT(CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
EMAIL-LOTTERY AWARD PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME
We are pleased to inform you that your EMAIL ADDRESS has been selected as =
one of the 10 lucky winners in the email lottery programme conducted by the =
EURO MILLIONS on the 10th of July, 2007.
The late release of this result was due to difficulties encountered in =
sorting out mixed up numbers and email addresses. All 10 winning addresses =
was randomly selected from a batch of 500,000,000 international emails. Your =
email address emerged alongside with 10 others as a Numeros "5 " winner in =
this year's euro millions award Draw.
HOW WAS THE SELECTION DONE?
Most recently the foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTERY to give out prizes =
based on the computer balloting system (THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A =
TICKET TO ENTER FOR IT.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A WINNER). =
As a Number "5 " winner, your lucky email address was selected by the email =
computer balloting device, where only email addresses are sorted, from a =
total number of 500,000,000 international email addresses drawn from all over =
the globe, only ten winners emerged in this category.
You winning email address has therefore been approved a lump sum payout of =
=80466.812,79(Four hundred and sixty-six thousand ,eight hundred and twelve =
euro seventy nine cent) in cash credited to file REF.NO: ES/04678/SA . This =
from a total cash prize of =80466,6127.09 (Four million six hundred and =
sixty-eight thousand, one hundred and twenty seven euro ,nine cent) shared =
among the 10 international winners in number =935. Below are the =
particulars attached to your LUCKY WINNING EMAIL .
The file Ref number: ES/04678/SA
Result winning numbers:8-16-19-43-45-1-4
Email ticket number:754/22/76
To immediately claim your prize, contact your claim agent
SEND REQUIRED INFORMATION BELOW TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT .
contact:foreign operations manager
Pedro L. Santos,
Calle Leganes 16,
1. FULL NAMES: _______________________________
2. ADDRESS: __________________________________
3. SEX: _______________
4. AGE: ________
5. MARITAL STATUS: ___________________
6. OCCUPATION: _______________________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER: ________________
9. WINNING NUMBER: _______________
10.EMAIL TICKET NUMBER: ___________________
11.REFERENCE NUMBER: ______________
12.AMOUNT WON: ______________________
The above claim agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of =
your winning prize (funds) to you. Also note that you are to contact and =
process your winning prize not later than twenty-one days, after this date =
if you do not contact and process your winning prize, all funds will be =
returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
N.B:Terms and conditions to claim your prize:
1.Please quote your Reference Numbers ,Your full name and address, Country, =
Telephone ,mobile ,Fax number and occupation to your Claim Agent.
2.Your winning prize Has been insured to the Original value that no one else =
can lay hands or whatsoever to make claim of your winning prize except you =
the Beneficiary of this Email address.
Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!. This promotion =
program is sponsored by EURO MILLIONES TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF INTERNET. All =
information=92s have to be kept out of public until your winning prize has =
been processed and transferred to your designated bank account; this is to =
avoid double claim and unwarranted abuse of the programme by some =