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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: TREASURYLINE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 08:09:46 +0200
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION ( CONTACT YOUR AGENT )
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT:
TREASURYLINE LOTTERY AGENCY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM
2808 A H AMSTERDAM,
SECURITY FILE NO:DL/99621/A11.
AWARD NOTIFICATION !!!
This is to inform you of the release today of the TREASURYLINE INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY PROGRAM held on the 10th of September, 2005. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number 23689 drew lucky numbers of 3-8-7-9 which consequently
won the lottery in the 2ND category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump payout of FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND EURO (EURO 500,000.00) This is credited to file with
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information strictly confidential until your claim has been processed and your money
remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through e-mail computer ballot system drawn from
Microsoft users. Over 20,000 companies and 3,000,000 individual email
addresses were involved. This promotional program takes place annually. Please be
informed that all non-resident of NETHERLANDS are required to pay for their non
resident processing/legal fee for the collection of their winning prize. To begin
your lottery claim processing,please contact our claim officer:
Name: Gile Blocker.
Any claim not made before the expiring date will be returned to the
MINISTERIAL VAN DE ECONOMIA NETHERLANDS. Note that all unclaimed funds will be
included in the next stake. Also in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all your correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs Herona Williams