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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:
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 13:41:37 +0200
Subject: ***CONGRATULATION YOUR E-MAIL HAVE WON!!!***
From The Desk Of Vice President
Euro Millions Lottery.
MADRID - SPAIN.
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Euro Millones Lottery International Email Address draw on the 27th of April 2006. due to the mixture of names and address the result was released on the 17th may 2006. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international email addresses. Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this year's Annual Euro Millones Lottery Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 750,000:00 (seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros Only).The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(I) Batch No: WTWU/3030/INSD
(ii) Ticket No: 245-242-065
(iii) Lucky No: 06-19-25-39-44
(iv) Ref No: MGMT/1770/5800/EUES
The Euro Millones Lottery Program is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell computers, and a conglomeration of other international IT companies.
The Euro Millones Lottery Program internet draw is held once in a year and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million Euros are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings.
MAPFRE SECURITY & TRUST AGENCY
N.B:Steps to claiming your prize;
1.Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the claims officer.
2. You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names, Contact Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number) via email to process the immediate payment of your prize.
3. Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear an Affidavits of Lotto Claim and also obtain Approved Legal Clearance Certificate from the Ministry of Justice here in Spain which is in accordance with the European Union Financial Commission Act 2004 on payment of International Lottery Winners.
Please be aware that the PAYING BANK will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by this Fiduciary Agent.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you.
Once again congratulations!!!