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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:
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 22:20:03 +0000
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
LUCKYDAY E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BACTH NO: PTP/31211214257/190888/2202
REF. NO. PTP/21449267220/255100//2202
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL
LOTTERY BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD
held on the 8th of March, 2005.
Due to themix up of number, the results were released
on the 10th of March, 2005.
Your name attached to ticket number 219028657434 with
serial number 18735625drew the lucky numbers of
21-70-81-82-99 which consequently won the lottery
in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout
of ONE MILLION EUROS ONLY in cash which is deposited
with a Finance & Security Company in your favour as
beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep yourwinning information confidential until
your claims has been processed and your money remitted
to you. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by some participants. All participants were selected
through a computer ballot system drawn from only Microsoft users
from over 20,000.00companies and 3,000,000 individual
email addresses and names from all over the world.
To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent
below that havebeen appointed for the processing of your claim with
your contact telephone and fax number to begin the processing of
LUCKYDAY PAYMENT OFFICE MANCHESTER ENGLAND
CONTACT NAME: JOHN WESLEY
TEL: +4479 0442 5260
FAX: +4487 0133 4585
Note that all winning must be claimed not later than
21th of March 2005. After this date all unclaimed
funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications please remember to quote your
reference number andbatch numbers in allcorrespondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform
our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically
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