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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: freedomuniversalpromo <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 05:39:29 -0500
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION, CONGRATULATIONS !!! REF NO: MELI-T/ 17-F044262312
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
REF NO: MELI-T/ 17-F044262312
RE: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS, PROGRAMS held on 3st november 2004.Your company or your personal e-mail address, is attached to ticket number 9901-0148-790-691, with serial number 66109-17 drew the lucky numbers 990-11-815-37-10-83, and consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$300,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO: MELI-T/ 17-F044262312 This is from total prize money of US$9,000,000.00 shared among the Thirty (30) international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand,America, Europe, North America and Asia, as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account and insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our year high stakes US$100. Million International Lottery.
To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims
department by email
Mr. Brian Lloyds
For processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than the 10th november 2004.All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences with this office. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform us as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff for being part of our
Mrs Jane Littlewood
For Freedom lotto ;
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result in disqualification and any winner below the age of 18years is automatically disqualified
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