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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: BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 01:17:43 +0000
Subject: EMAIL USER...................BENEFIT
BRITISH ONLINEBritish Online LotteryP. O. Box 4279
Liverpool, L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM(Customer Services)Ref: BOL/101OXI/02 Batch: 16/211/0374
1st August, 2007.
We happily announce to you the draw (#954) of the British online Sweepstakes International program held on Monday 30th July, 2007 which was co-hosted by major domain providers like YAHOO ,HOTMAIL, and other well known domain providers, thereby giving every email user the legibility and opportunity to be randomly selected for the prize.
This means your email address registered you for the game.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: ((13)-(43)-(06)-(15)-(02)-(40)bonus # (09),which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file BOL/9023118308/03
This is from a total cash prize of £5,000,000 shared amongst the first Twenty (20) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our affiliated securities/couriers companies.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To begin the claiming process of your prize you are to
contact our accredited claims officer with the information
you shall find below:
Dr. Carter Savage 22 Garden Close, Stamford ,Lincs , PE9 2YP , LondonUnited KingdomE-mail: email@example.com
Phone: +44 704 573 0127
Provide him with these following details with which he will begin the processing of your winnings.
1.Name in full.2.Address.3.Nationality.4.Age.
5.Occupation.6.Phone/Fax.7.Present Country.8.Fax [optional].
BELOW ARE PHOTOS OF SOME OF OUR LAST YEAR's WINNERS
Good luck from me and members of staff of the BRITISH ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
BELOW ARE THE SPONSORS OF THIS PROGRAM
OUR Executives:Mrs Steffan Lloyd (ORGANIZER), Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. Collin Powell (Director Online InternationalPromotions Unit), Dr Carter Savage (Fiduciary Agent), Mrs. Lyudmyla Marchukova(Regional Manager), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman), Mr.Lenn Figgs (Courier Department Officer).
*Winners under the age of 16 is automatically disqualified.
Yours faithfully, Mrs Steffan .K. Lloyds.Online coordinator for British ONLINEINTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.Sweepstakes International Program.
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