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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: BINGO LOTTO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 14:58:33 -0800
Subject: Congratulations, You Have Won US$500,000.00
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
BINGO E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
BATCH NO: 002312/06/12098/BLT
REF. NO: BLT/564897912/5431/06
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held in Italy on the 31st December 2005. Your name attached to ticket number 00981 with Serial number 612301 drew the lucky numbers of 08-15-70-25-03-74, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ( US$500,000.00 ) only, which is deposited in your favour as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY. It is important that keep your winning confidential to avoid people garnering your information and subsequently making claim with your winning paraphernalia information, Bingo lottery international will decline payment if such irregularity occurs.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00 companies and 3,000,000.00 individual email addresses and
names from all over the world. To begin your lottery claim, please contact your claims agent below on or before the 6th of March 2006
CONTACT NAME: KEVIN ADAMS
It is imperative that you contact your assigned payment officer within the stipulated period of time. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in subsequent promos.
Please note in order to avoid preventable delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Mrs. Angela Vagnone
Bingo Lotto International