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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: STAATSLOTERIJ NL <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 16:53:34 +0100
Subject: LOTTO WINNING NOTIFICATION
VIJZELSTRAAT 56, 1017 HD,
FROM: THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR
RESULTS FOR THE SECOND
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
STAATS LOTERIJ AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
We are pleased to inform you of the release,of the long awaited end of year
results of the STAATS LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM held on the
16th February, 2006.
You were entered as dependent clients with: Reference
Number:7334NFJF/UDDFMF/NDDD, and Batch numberDFFF346/56TR/765GHG.
Your email address attached to the ticket number:445555377 that drew the
lucky winning number, which consequently won the sweeptake in the second
category, in four parts.
You have been approved for a payment of 1,000,000.00Euro (ONE MILLION EURO)in
cash credited to file reference number:43QFFSS/GDFD7565/66HGMH.
This is from a total cash prize of ten milliom euro shared among the Ten
International Winners in Categories B.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
of email users around the world, as part of our international promotion
Due to mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award
personal, till your claims has been processed and your funds remitted to
This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or
unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants or
To begin your claim,do file for the release of your winning by contacting
your/our accredited agent in our security department:
MR Jaap VanBerg.
Foreign Transfer Manager.
They are your agent, and responsible for the processing and transfer of your
winnings to you.
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS 345DF/E5A*X903(keep personal) Remember, your
winning must be claimed not later than(27-02-06).
failure to claim your winning/ fund will be added to next 17,000.000 euro
international lottery program.
Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your
claims agent as soon as possible.
NOTE: All winnings must be notarized to complete the claim process; winners
will be referred to a Foreign Transfer Manager,to have their winnings
Winners are to cover the legal charges of 205 not STAATSLOTERIJ.NL,
Mrs. Wendy Van Berg