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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: "INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 00:16:28 -0500
Subject: YOUR EMAIL WON THE LOTTERY
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:
and Ticket Number: PP 3502 /8707-01
You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $4,500,000.00. (Four Million
Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) from the total payout CONGRATULATIONS!!!. Your prize
award has been insured
with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our
obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
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
Name: Paul Martel
Phone: +31 644 893 520
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
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!!!