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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: "PLATINUM LOTTERY. susan2004-at-voila.fr |Usenet|" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: "mikkigal-at-voila.fr |Usenet|" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 14:53:17 +0000
Subject: Congratulation,From Platinum Lottery.
London WC2N 5RD England
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
Attention: Dear Winner,
RE/AWARD NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of
winners of the PLATINUM LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
UK, held on 29th of August 2004. Your email address,
attached to ticket number 111-2465-2000-100, with
serial number 3543-07 drew the lucky numbers
12-16-22-39-39-43, and consequently won the lottery in
the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for
a lump sum pay of $650,000.00 (Six Hundred and Fifty
Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to
file HWS/200118308/02.This is from a total cash prize
of $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars)
shared among the seventeen international winners in
this category. All participants were selected through
a computer ballot system drawn form 250,000 names
300,000 emails from Australia, New Zealand, America,
Europe and North America as part of our International
Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Furthermore, your lucky winning number falls within
our Western Europe booklet as indicated in your play
coupon. In view of this, your $650,000.00 (Six Hundred
and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) will be paid
to you either by our banker or financial agent in
London or Spain. Due to mix up of some numbers and
names, we ask that you keep this secret from the public notice until your claim
has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this is part of the security protocols to avoid double claiming or
unwarranted taking advantage of this programs by participants.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate
in our end of year high stakes ($1.3 billion)
International Lottery. To begin your claim, please
contact your claim agent: MIKE KIGAL,Email;
email@example.com or for due processing and payment
of your prize money. NOTE: In order to avoid
unnecessary delays and complications, please remember
to quote your reference and batch numbers in every
correspondence. Congratulations again from all members
of our organizers and thank you for being part of our
PRIZE AWARD DEPT.