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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: "Weiss Russel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:44:17 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED.
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
EXCLUSIVE G8 E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
VIA CORDERO BRUSKI 45/46 MILANO
BACTH NO: EXG8/EU/0177/82798/005
REF. No: EXG8/EU/12380/70924/005
WINNING NOTIFICATION / PROCESSING ADVICE
This is to inform you of the release of the G8 E-MAIL
LOTTERY BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held
on the 13TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2005. Due to the mix up of
numbers, the results were released on the 20TH OF
SEPTEMBER, 2005. Your email address attached to Ticket
No:7804468845 with Serial No 0252393053 drew the lucky
numbers of 05-07-65-11-92 which subsequently won the
lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been
approved for a lump sum payout of 1,450,000.00
EUROS(ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND
EUROS ONLY) in credited to a file reference number
SBNA 6483490491 This is from total prize money of
7,250,000.00 EUROS shared among the international
winners in our 1st -5th categories. All participants
were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 company email addresses and 3,000,000
individual email addresses from all search engines and
website all over the world as part of International
Promotions Program,conducted every TWO years, and this
is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities
FROM THE G8.
CONGRATULATIONS! Your funds is now in custody of a
financial/Security company insured in your FILE
REFERENCE and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY. Due
to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you
keep your winning information confidential until your
claims 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. To process your claim, please
contact your file/claim officer:
DR. ANGELO PIERO
EXCLUSIVE G8 E-MAILS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION,
SPA.on email to email@example.com
Make sure that you quote your winning references in
all your correspondence with them. Please be informed
that NON RESIDENCE of ITALY will be required to
procure an Affidavits of Lotto Claim/Court clearance
certificate from the Court in ITALY prior to European
Gaming Board as required by the paying
Authority.Please be aware that your Paying Authority
will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report,
For due processing and remittance of your winning
prize to designated account of your choice, please
treat as urgent.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and
complications, please remember to quote your reference
and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences
with your agent and all reply must be via email as to
ensure the legibility.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your
address, do inform your claims agent as soon as
Note that all winning must be claimed not later than
30TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2005. After this date all unclaimed,
funds will be included in the next stake.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff
and thank you for being part of our promotional
Note: Anybody under the age of 19 is automatically