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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: "puma puma" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 20:06:07 +0000
Subject: FREE OFFERS PROMOTION
FREE OFFERS PROMOTION
BREDA THE NETHERLANDS
Attn:YOU WON:US$250,000,00 Dollars!!
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Puma Lottery programs held
on November 23,2005 your e-mail address was attached to one of the ten
winning ticket numbers:0652137 with game Number:47528/88..You have therefore
been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$250,000.00(Two Hundred&Fifty
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our
sponsors databases, including over 100,000 companies and 150,000 individual
E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents drawn from Asia, Africa,
Europe, North And South America, Oceania and around the world.
To file for your urgent claim, please contact you fiduciary agent with your
PUMA LOTTERY AGENCY BV
Post bus 437.
5902 RL Venlo the Netherlands
It is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and to minimize
identification difficulties to advise you to keep this information
confidential until your claim is processed successfully and to avoid
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants,
please note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your
winning certificate and all winnings must be claimed not later than December
14,2005.after this date all unclaimed winnings will be null and void.
In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote
your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agents as
soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.