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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "www.lotto.nl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 05:16:33 +0700
FROM: THE DIRECTOR
EUROPEAN PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 02/1/2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number :EL-23133 with serial number: EL-123542,batch number:EL-35,lottery ref number: EL-9318 and drew lucky numbers 7-1-8-36-4-22 which consequently won in the 1st category,you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,500,000.00(One Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars).
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your
money Remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from over 40,000 company and 20,000,000 individual email addresses and names
from all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by a group of successful electronic dealers.we hope with part of your winning,you will take part in our next year US$20million international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our paying officer:
Mr Mark Richards
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 9th Of june 2006.After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary 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.
Note:Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
DR ROBERT VAN GAAL.
EUROPEAN PRIZE AWARD DEPT
THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM (NL)