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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "Europw Lotto" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 17:06:44 +0000
Subject: Award Winning Notification
EUROPW LOTTO SWEEPSTAKE (NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL INTERNET EXTRA AWARD
PROGRAM) FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONAL LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
KROPAAR STRAAT 34, 1032LA,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Ref. Number: E2K/102/633/0905
Batch Number: 027/310-AY11
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION / PROCESSING ADVICE: ELP
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 28th of October, 2005. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 1942896-9032 with serial number A001490
drew lucky numbers 11-0-17-31-60- 75-9 which consequently won in the 1st
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
1,500,000.00 Euros (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros)
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.
You will need to have your identification documents and claims form
notarized by the fiduciary agent (below) before a magistrate or notary
public in The Netherlands.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 10,000,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and
names from all over the world, names from Australia, New Zealand, America,
Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia as part of International
Promotions Program. This promotional program takes place once a year.
This lottery is promoted by the software and internet giant corporations to
compensate some few individuals with website and email addresses, we hope
with part of your winning you will take part in our next year EUR10 million
international lottery. Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls
within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in
your play coupon to file in for your claims, please contact the company
MR. DENNIS BROER,
Claims processing manager
EUROPW LOTTO PLUS
Tel: +31 643 929 377
Fax: +31 847 222 920
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do Inform our agent as
soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff for
being part of our promotional program.
Mrs. Anna-maria Vanbel.
EuroPW Lotto Sweepstake Program.