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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: EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY EMAIL AWARD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:37:56 +0100
Subject: LAST REMINDER ON PRIZE CLAIM-: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WINNINGS IN EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY EMAIL PROGRAMME!!!
EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: ES34/345/ILPD /SL
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Lottery
Winners International E-mail programs held on the 4Th of November,
2005.Your E-mail address attached to ticket number 34642333216-344 with
lucky main number 26 36 37 38 42 drew lucky star numbers 02 06, which
consequently won in the 3rd category game, 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.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates,chairman and
chief executive of Microsoft, the world's largest software company in
order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and
Microsoft-wares around the globe.
This promotional program takes place every year. We hope with part of
your winning you will take part in our end of year 50million
Euro International lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial/Claim agent:
DR.RUFUS ANTONIO (MORGAN SECURITIES & CONSULTANT)
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 4Th of December
2005,after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
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 and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mr.Agustin Lorenzo Lopez
SEND REQUIRED INFORMATION BELOW TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT
( email@example.com )
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.