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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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Please note about this email:
Fraud email example:
From: "National Lottery" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 02:58:37 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON
The National Lottery
PO Box 1010
Batch: R3/A312-59WINNING NOTIFICATION:
We happily announce to you the draw (#999) held on Wednesday , 20th July 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticketnumber: 56475600545 188
with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 04,29,39,41,43,45,42.
which subsequently won you the Match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of £1,251,420(One million, Two Hundred and Fifty One Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the
World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed
online. This promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your £1,251,420 would be released to you by any of
our payment offices in Europe.To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr. Mark Roger
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +44 7040125683
Fax: +44-87-1247-1755Provide him with the information below:
8.Country Of Residence:
11.Draw Number above:
That way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for you. You would be required to
show an instrument of identification when cashing your cheque i.e. Drivers
license or International passport. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and
your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim
your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
Good luck from me and members of staff of the U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Sir Jones Dutcher.
Online Co-ordinator for U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes International