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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: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 06:45:14 +1000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE........CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
LUCKYDAY E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH NO: PTP/31211214257/190888/2202
REF. NO. PTP/21449267220/255100//2202
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE........CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY
BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held on
the 1 of August 2006. Due to the mix up of number, the
results were released on the 14 of August 2006. Your name
attached to ticket number 219028657434 with serial number
918735625 draw the lucky numbers of 21-70-81-82-99
which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have there fore been approved for a lump sum payout of
£1, 00,000.00 Only (ONE MILLION POUNDS ) in cash
which is deposited with a Finance & Security Company in your
favour as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY
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 only Microsoft users over 20,000.00 companies
and 3,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over
To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent below that
have been appointed for the processing of your claim with your
contact telephone and fax number to begin the processing of your
CONTACT NAME: Mr. Tom Jackson
CITY/ COUNTRY: Manchester, United kingdom
Note that all winners must claim there win not later than 4 of September
2006. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
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.
Mrs. Allis Wenga