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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: don owo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 14:58:28 +0100
Subject: LUCKY WINNER
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
The Marina Offices, St Peters Yacht Basin,Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX England
We are pleased to inform you of the final announcement that you are one of our first quarter winners of the UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL LOTTERY,international Lottery programs held on the 15th of June, 2007.
The selection was made from the list of over 21,000 e-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet, no tickets were sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of three winners in the category "A" with the following winning informations: REF No: L/200-26937BATCH No: 2007MJL-01
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,000,000 (One million pounds sterling).
To file for your claim, Contact the processing Consultant:Agent Name:Dr.
Do fill out the claims form to Dr. Smith Stanford in other to process the claims of your prize without delay.PAYMENT PROCESSING FORM:1.FULL NAMES:_____________________2.ADDRESS:________________________3.SEX:_____________________________4.AGE:____________________________5.MARITAL STATUS:________________6.OCCUPATION:____________________7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:________________8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:____________9.AMOUNT WON:__________________10. COUNTRY______________________Once again congratulations... Sincerely,DONFOR UK NATIONAL ONLINE LOTTERY.
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