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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: =?us-ascii?Q?Walter=20jones?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 07:51:47 +0200 (CEST)
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT
Attn Lucky Winner,
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY 'A' WINNER ONLY
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the last final annual
draw of our Lottery International Programs.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of
25,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked
by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No
tickets were sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as a
winner in the category 'A' with the following numbers attached Ref
Number: PW 9590 ES 9414,Batch Number: 573881545-NL/2005 and Ticket
Number: PP 3502 /8707-01You are therefore to receive a cash prize of
$2,500,000.00. (TwoMillion Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
from the totalpayout CONGRATULATIONS!!!. Your prize award has been insured
with youre-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our
requirements,statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory
To file in for the processing of your prize winnings, you are advised
to contact our Certified and Accredited claims agent for category 'A'
winners with the information below:
Mr. Shaun Wheeler
Phone: +31 644 893 526
You are advice to provide him with the following information:
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter
unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote
your reference information in all correspondence.
You are to keep all lotto information confidential, especially your
reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double
claims will not be entertained).Members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
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.
Thank you and congratulations!!!