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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: "Van Riche" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 13:52:01 +0000
Subject: CONFIRM YOUR WINNING PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOTE:PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS OFFICE, MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT YOUR
CLAIMS AGENT BELOW, ALSO MAKE SURE YOU SEND DOWN YOUR PHONE NUMBER,EMAIL AND
FAX NUMBERS TO YOUR CLAIMS OFFICER
We are please to announce you as one of the 12 lucky winners in
the email lottery programme draw of the LOTERIA PRIMITIVA held on the
29th of October, 2005.All 12 winning addresses were randomly selected
from a batch of 100,000,000 international emails Your email address
emerged along side with 12 others as a category 6 winner in this year's
Loteria Primitiva award Draw.
Most recently the foundation set up
the NEW HOPE LOTTERY to give out prizes based on the computer ballot
system (THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TICKET TO ENTER FOR IT.YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A WINNER).
have therefore been approved a MEGA JACK POT of ?1,427, 159.00 Euros
(One million, four hundred and twenty seven thousand, one hundred and
fifty-nine Euro) only.
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(I) Result winning numbers 6-14-16-18-39-48-23-4
(ii) Email ticket number: FL754/22/76
(iii) Lotto code number: PDP98643JK
(iv) The file Ref number: LV/07/02955166/SU
that you will be requiring notarizing and obtained a vetting approval
before your winning prize can be transferred. To immediately claim your
prize, contact the Claim Officer below.
LOTERIA TRUST AGENCY S.L
MR VAN DAN SER
LAMIEL 28007 MADRID ESPANA
The above claim
agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize
funds to you, note not later than one week after this date if you do
not contact and process your winning prize, all funds will be returned
as unclaimed. Call the above number for more details.
Procedures to claiming your prize:
1. Please quote your
Reference number in all correspondence with the claims officer.
2. Also quote your full Name and Address, Country, Telephone, Mobile and
Fax Number and occupation
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
Van Riche (Mr.)
The Loteria Primitiva