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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: "Mrs Sandra Baileys." <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 12:58:17 +0200
FROM:MICROSTAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: 17/501/8PDF /NL
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 23rd of May 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 511465996-728 with serial number 7662-901 drew lucky numbers 7-15-19-24-31-33 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 EUROS. (One Million Euros) CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning 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 over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end
of year 50 million Euros International lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our payment officer in charge
MR. BARRY HANS.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 23rd of June 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 and batch numbers in all correspondence. 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 disqualified,Also you have to pay 875 as processing fees,Sincerely yours,
Mrs Sandra Baileys.