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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: "UK NATIONAL LOTTERY BOARD" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 23:27:01 +0100
Subject: Dear Selected Winner(CONTACT Mr James Smith VIA EMAIL email@example.com)
We are pleased to inform you today that the lottery held Wednesday 9th July
2008. The result of the Winner of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE PROMO
PROGRAMME, lucky numbers: (16 ) (27) (28) (29 ) (30) (42)bonus no:(43),
Visit the Online :Website for your Result http://www.lottery.co.uk/res/
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.You have therefore been approved to claim a
total sum of £1,500,000(One Million five hundred pounds sterling) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. To file for your claim, please contact
our claims agent;
Mr James Smith
Provide him with the informations below:Name/Age/Country/Mobile Telephone
Number/Occupation and Sex.
Good luck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Richard K. Lloyd
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL
Sweepstakes International Program.