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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: "MS, CALISTA MORE" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 16:27:11 -0800
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM
BANK GIRO LOTTERY.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM
146 BELLEGROVE ROAD, KENT,
SW12 3QC LONDON
FROM: THE DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION DEPT.
AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
We are pleased to inform you the release of the results of the BANK
GIRO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM held a fortnight ago.
You were entered as an independent clients with:
Reference Number: NM/BC921245/KY13, and Batch Number NM/207161/KOP.Your
email address attached to the ticket number: 46939 that drew the lucky
winning number, which consequently won the sweepstakes in the second
category In four parts.
You have been approved for a payment of $1.000.000,00
(ONE MILLION DOLLARS.) in cash credited to file with reference
number: IPL/4249859609/WP1. This is from a total cash prize of
(TEN MILLION DOLLARS) Shared among the ten international winners in
All participants were selected through a random computer ballot system
drawn from 91,000 (Ninety One thousand) names of email
users around the world, as part of our international promotion
programme to promote the use of internet thereby increasing the market
share of computer soft wears.
Due to mix up of some names and addresses, we ask that
you keep this award personal discreet, till your claim has been
processed and your funds remitted to you. This is part of our security
measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage by
other participants or impersonators. To begin your claim, do file for
the release of your winning by contacting your accredited agent:
BANK GIRO LOTTERY SECURITY AGENCY.
TEL: + 44-7040-111-961.
FAX: + 44-7040-112-125.
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91237-H67/B4 (keep
personal) Remember; your winning must be claimed not later than
(27/11/2004). Failure to claim your winning prize, it will be added to
the next international lottery promotion.
Furthermore, Should there be any change in your address, endeavor to
inform your claim's agent as soon as possible. Once again,
MS, CALISTA MORE
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTION