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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: "Helen Wood" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 02:41:06 -0600
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
JURIST LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM.PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
WHITE HART LANE, LONDON N17 8HR, UNITED KINGDOM.
AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL PAYMENT NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 10th November,2005,
of Winners of the JURIST PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM,draws held on 7th
Your email address attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial
number 8973-20 drew the lucky numbers 09-44-44-67-27-11, and consequently
won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay Out of (£1.500.000.00) One
Million, five hundred thousand British Pounds in cash credited to file REF
No.041238013011JLP. This is from total prize Money Of (£25.500.000.00)
Twenty-Five Million, five hundred thousand British Pounds shared among the
International winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer Ballot System drawn from
25,000 email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North
America and Asia as Part of International Promotions Program, which is
Due to the mix up of some numbers and addresses, we ask that you keep this
Award strictly from Public notice until your claim has been processed and
released to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming by
participants of this program. We hope with a part of your prize, you will
participate in our end of year high stakes £500 Million International
To begin your claim, please contact our Director,Claims/Remittance
Mr. Harris Billy
JURIST LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY,
He will process and ensure the release of your won prize Money.
Note that all prize money must be claimed not later than 24th November,
2005. After this date, all funds shall be returned to our treasury as
unclaimed prize money.
In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember to
quote your Reference and batch numbers in every of your correspondence with
our payment officer.
Congratulations once again!
Ms Helen Wood
The Promotions Manager, JURIST LOTTO
PROMO LOTTERY,LONDON,UNITED KINGDOM.