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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: "KIA MOTOR CORPORATION" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:33:22 +0100
Subject: KIA LOTTERY PROGRAM RESULTS.
KIA MOTOR CORPORATION COMPANY, SPAIN.
IN AFFILIATION WITH THE EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA LOTTO MADRID,SPAIN.
FROM: THE PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
TICKET NUMBER: 2752246896
SERIAL NUMBER: 652-662
BATCH NUMBER : AT-040SB06-03
RE: AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of the KIA MOTOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM held on the 20TH OF NOVEMBER 2005. Due to mix up of numbers, the results were released on the 12th of 8TH DECEMBER 2005.
You were entered as dependent clients with: Reference SERIAL NUMBER:
652-662 and Batch number AT-040SB06-03.
Your email address attached to the ticket number: 2752246896 that drew the lucky winning number, which consequently won the sweepstake in the first category, in four parts. You have been approved for a payment of 560.000.00Euros (FIVE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THOUSAND EUROS.) in cash credited to file reference number: IPL/4249859609/WP1 which is deposited with Finance & Security Company in your favor as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY.
This is from a total cash prize of shared among the ten international winners in first category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 50,000 (Fifty thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of our international promotion program. Due to mix up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims have been processed and your funds remitted to you.
This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators. To begin your claim, do file for the release of your winning by contacting your/our accredited agent:
MR.ALBERTO TORRES.(Foreign Transfer Manager)VERTEX SECURITIY TRUST AND FINANCE INT.
KIA CLAIMING SECURITY AGENTS.
AVENIDA DE LA LIBRETAD,20 BAJO,MADRID,SPAIN.
TEL:+34-645 352 892.
They are your agent, and responsible for the processing and transfer of your winnings to you.
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91237-H067/B4 (keep personal) Remember, your winning must be claimed not later than (30TH JANUARY 2006).
Failure to claim your winning/ fund will be added to next 10,000.000 euros international lottery program.
Furthermore,please dont forget to include your address and telephone and fax numbers. should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Once again Congratulations.
SRA MONIKA CONSOLE.