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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. Maria Jose Sanchez" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 17:12:28 +0200
Subject: WINNING AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION
ELGORDO LA PRIMITIVA.SP
No 21 CALLE CALLAO-MADRID SPAIN
28921MS MADRID ESPAÑOL
FROM: THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR
RESULTS FOR THE SECOND CATEGORY DREW
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
RE:WINNING NOTIFICATION/FINAL AWARD:
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of the ELGORDO LA PRIMITIVA/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAMES SP held on 4th of JUNE2005.Reference Number: YPL/4249859609/WX1,and Batch number BATCH:GLV/91663/AK.
Your email address attached to the ticket number: TK/4 13 35 38 46 48/BV that drew the lucky winning number, which consequently won the loteria in the second category in four parts.
You have been approved for a payment of 1.459.288,3cEuro (ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY EIGHT EURO THREE CENT) in cash credited to file reference number:HPL/4247159609/WP1.This
is from a total cash prize of THIRTEEN MILLION EUROS Shared among the nine international winners that won the second categories.
All participants were selected through a Multi international computer ballot system drawn from 98,000 (Ninety eight thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of our international promotion programme.
Due to mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims has been processed and your funds remitted to you. This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other
participants or impersonators.
To begin your claim, do file for the release of your winning by contacting our accredited agent:
MR. PEDRO FRANCISCO LOPEZ. Foreign Transfer Manager.ELGORDO LA PRIMITIVA.SP,
FAX + 34-685-643-763
TEL + 34-645-059-203
NOTE: All winnings must be notarized to complete the claim process; winners will be referred to a Foreign Transfer Manager,to have their winnings notarized. Winners are to cover the legal charges not ELGORDO LA PRIMITIVA.SP,
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.They are your agent, and responsible for the processing and transfer of your winnings fund to you.
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91237-H1-67/B4 (keep personal) Remember, your winning must be claimed not later than (15-07-05) After this date,funds might be returned to the unclaimed. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Mrs. MARIA JOSE SANCHEZ.
THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM (SP)
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your
claims agent MR. PEDRO FRANCISCO LOPEZ at firstname.lastname@example.org