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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: "INTERNET FREE LOTTO INTERNATIONAL" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 18:44:27 +0200
Subject: Award Notification
FROM THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
PLAZA DE COLON E-28830, REGISTERED
MADRID, SPAIN. Registration /patent No. 6,454,650
TEL:0034 666 995 762
We gladly announce to you the draw of the INTERNATIONAL FREE LOTTO ,online program held on Thursday, 4th of September, 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 055-11879443 with Serial number 8449-03 drew the lucky numbers: 7-12-25-35-65-80 which subsequently won you the lottery in category C. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 300,000.00 (Three hundred thousand euros ) in cash credited to file REF REF NO. EML/200793/05.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide email balotting through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place Annually. In view of this, your 300,000.00 (Three hundred thousand euros ) shall be released to you by your payment agent.To begin your claim, please contact your payment agent for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Details of your payment agent is stated below:
DR. PAUL FYNNS
ALLIANZ SECURITY COMPANY S.A
FAX:0034 636 178 277
You must contact ALLIANZ FINANCE SERVICE not later than 14(FOURTEEN) banking days upon receipt of this notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. All correspondences to DR PAUL FYNNS , either by phone or email, should have this EMAIL sent along with it and also, your FULL ADDRESS, YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE and your EMAIL ADDRESS to which this email is sent. you are advised to keep your winning confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with ALLIANZ FINANCE SERVICE. Furthermore, should therebe any change of your address, do inform your payment agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations from all our staff and we hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes 1 billion EUROS International Lottery.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
The Free lotto Lottery Promos Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell computers, Mckintosh and a conglomeration of other international IT companies. The Free LOTTERY internet draw in each quarter of the year and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that up to Three Million Euros are won annually in more than 150 Countries worldwide.