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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: EURO MILLIONS SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 12:21:12 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON
EURO MILLIONS SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
FROM:INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION / PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
112-113 AVENIDA DE AMERICA 28980
MADRID - ESPANA.
AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
(¡) REFERENCE: 67/80/CCL
Finally today 11TH OF SEPTEMBER, the result of winners of the Euro millions Spanish Lottery International E-mail programs held on the 19TH AUGUST 2007 was announced. Your company or your personal e-mail address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main number 345-790-241-671 drew lucky star winning numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which consequently won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 560.000.00 Euros.(Five Hundred And Sixty thousand Euros).
The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet all the continents of the world.
.No ticket were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Spanish European Lottery Board in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe. This promotional program takes place once in three years. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your award remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
To claim your winning prize, you should contact the office by email for Processing and remittance of your winning funds to you.Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Claims Officers:
NAME:MRS GISELA WILLIAMS
For:: DR. TOM BLATT
( SEGUROS MAPFRE S.A ESPAÑA)
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than two weeks, after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your Reference number and Batch numbers in all correspondence with the claims officer.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 millions Euro International lottery.
Director Online International Promotions Unit/Lottery Co-ordinator.
1.All winners under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.
This message is confidential. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. If you have received it please let us know by reply it from your system; you should not copy it or disclose its contents to anyone. All messages sent to and from Seguros Mapfre S.A España may be monitored to ensure compliance with internal policies and to protect your winning from the Euro Million Spanish Lottery Award Promotion.
The contents of any email addressed to our clients are subject to our usual terms of business; anything which does not relate to the official business of the firm is neither given nor endorsed by it.