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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: jesica jessy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 10:04:37 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS,YOU HAVE WON.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
UK TIMES LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM.PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
21-25 GRASSMARKET, EDINBURGH EH1 2HS UNITED KINGDOM.
REF: OYL /26510460037/05
AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL PAYMENT NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 27th July,2005,
of Winners of the UK TIMES PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM,draws held on
20th July, 2005.
Your email address attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with
serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and
consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay Out of
(£1.500.000.00) One Million, five hundred thousand British Pounds in
cash credited to
file REF NO.OYL/25041238013/05. This is from total prize Money Of
(£25.500.000.00) Twenty-Five Million, five hundred thousand British
shared among the seventeen
International winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer Ballot System drawn
from 25,000 email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America,
Europe, North America and Asia as Part of International Promotions
which is Conducted Annually.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and addresses, we ask that you keep
this Award strictly from Public notice until your claim has been
processed and released to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming by
participants of this program. We hope with a part of your prize, you
participate in our mid-year high stakes £500 Million International
To begin your claim, please contact our Director,Claims/Remittance
Mr. Bill John
UK TIMES LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY,
He will process and ensure the release of your won prize Money.
Note that all prize money must be claimed not later than 31th July,
2005. After this date, all funds shall be returned to our treasury as
unclaimed prize money.
In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember
to quote your Reference and batch numbers in every of your
correspondence with our payment officer.
Congratulations once again!
Ms Jesica Jessy
The Promotions Manager, UK TIMES LOTTO
PROMO LOTTERY,EDINBURGH,UNITED KINGDOM