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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: VAN MORGAN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 22:02:57 +0200
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!!!! (CONGRATULATION ON YOUR WINNING)
CASHOUT LOTTO BV
CASHOUT PLAZA, SUITE 1102A
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
We happily announce to you the draw of the CASHOUT LOTTO Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held on the Monday 19th of September,
2005 IN THE NETHERLANDS. This is computer generated lotto's of internet
users using email addresses as draws.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 275-189-657-23-05 with
Serial number 8756-05 drew the lucky numbers: 5 12 45 57 87 90, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$850,000.00
Eight hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash
credited to file OYL/34536380986/78/05.This is from a total cash prize
of US $ 8,500,000 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Ten
(10)lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site
through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.
This promotion takes place annually.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
In view of this, your US$850,000.00 (Eight hundred and fifty Thousand
United States Dollars) would be released to you by our payment
office in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to
you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please
To file for your claim on time, please contact your claims agent:
MR PHILLIP COLE
OFFICE EMAIL: email@example.com
VERIFICATION EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
TELEFAX: +31-205-241-255, to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program
and the European Union Government.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery Program.
CASH-OUT LOTTO B.V Co-coordinator
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS OFFICE, MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT YOUR
CLAIMS AGENT ABOVE, ALSO MAKE SURE YOU SEND DOWN YOUR PHONE AND FAX
NUMBERS TO YOUR CLAIMS OFFICER