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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: "HAPPY INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY SWEEPTAKES COMPANY A.N," <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 14.01.46 +0200
Subject: RE: AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY SWEEPTAKES COMPANY A.N,
C/ CORDOBA N° 21 EGGER-STRAAT ST
28089 AMSTERDAM NETHERLAND
FROM: THE PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
RE: AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of the
EL GORDO SP ITALIAN HAPPY YEAR LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PROGRAMES
held on the 20 AUG 2004. You were entered as dependent clients with:
and Batch number NM/207161/KOP. Serial N°BOL-190#002/IT
Your email address attached to the ticket number: 46939 that drew the lucky winning
number, which consequently won the sweep take in the second category, in four parts.
You have been approved for a payment of 3.5 million dollars(Three million
five hundred thousand dollars). cash credited to file reference
number:IPL/4249859609/WP1.This is from a total cash prize of FIFTEEN
MILLION DOLLARS Shared among the ten international winners in second categories.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 91,000
(Ninety One thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of our
international promotions programme.
Due to mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award
personal, till your claims has been processed and your funds remitted to you. This
is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking
advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators.
To begin your claim,do file for the release of your winning by contacting
your/our accredited agent:
MR HILL TONI
Foreign Transfer Manager
They are your agent, and responsible for the processing and transfer of your winnings
to you.YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91237-H°67/B4 (keep personal) Remember, your
winning must be claimed not later than(21-09-2004). After this date, funds might be
returned to the ministerio De Economia Y Hacienda as unclaimed. Furthermore, should
there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Once again, Congratulations.
Mrs. Anita Hann
email : firstname.lastname@example.org