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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: Mr.Richard Marcial <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 17:28:13 +0100
Subject: TICKET NUMBER
EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: ES34/044/ILP /SL
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
DATE: 10th November, 2005
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Lottery Winners International E-mail programs held on the 29th of October , 2005.Your E-mail address attached to ticket number 2203-006 with lucky main number 26 36 37 38 42 drew lucky star numbers 02 06, which consequently won in the 3rd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 Euro. (One Million Euro)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names/programme abuse, 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.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 millions Euro International lottery. this is an irish woman who won http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4730113.stm
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial/Claim agent:
Mr Collins Smith ( SANITAS CONSULTANT & SECURITY)
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30TH of November 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent 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.
Mr .Richard Marcial
SEND REQUIRED INFORMATION BELOW TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT
1. FULL NAMES: _______________________________
2. ADDRESS: __________________________________
3. SEX: _______________
4. AGE: ________
5. MARITAL STATUS: ___________________
6. OCCUPATION: _______________________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER: ________________
9. LUCKY MAIN NUMBER: _______________
LUCKY STAR NUMBER: _______________
10.TICKET NUMBER: ___________________
11.REF / BATCH NUMBER: ______________
12.AMOUNT WON: ______________________
13.IDENTIFICATION NUMBER EITHER INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVING LICENCE / NATIONAL ID CARD.