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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: "Neil Moore" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 02:08:43 +0000
The National Lottery
P.O. Box 1010
We happily announce to you the draw (#1003) of the UK
DRAW held on Wednesday 14th September 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545
number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 02,10,30,36,37,43,29
subsequently won you one of the three Rollover prizes. You
been approved to claim a total sum of £2,704,534 (Two
hundred and four Thousand, five-hundred and thirty
All participants for the online version were selected
randomly from the
World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are
This promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky Winning Number falls within our
representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
this, your £2,704,534 would be released to you by any of our
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Tel: +44-703-184-4327(working hours only)
Provide him with the information below:
8.Country Of Residence:
10.Mobile/Cell Phone Number:
13.Draw Number above: 1003
That way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for you. You would be
an instrument of identification when claiming your winnings.
For precautionary measures, you are advised to keep your
confidential till your claims is processed and your money
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is
part of our
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
Good luck from me and members of staff of the U.K NATIONAL
Sir Neil Moore.
Online Co-ordinator for U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes