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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: EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY DRAW!!! <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 13:29:40 +0200
Subject: FINAL CLAIMS:-2006 EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY WINNER (CONGRATULATIONS)
EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: ES34/65851/ILPD /SL
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro Millions Lottery
Winners International E-mail programs draw 123 held on the 25th of
August,2006.Your E-mail address attached to ticket number
874445552998-999 with lucky main number 10 28 40 47 48 drew lucky star =
numbers 06 08 ,
which consequently won in the 3rd category game, you have therefore been
approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 Euro. (One Million Euro)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names/programme abuse, 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 100,000
company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all
over the world.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates,chairman and chief
executive of Microsoft, the world's largest software company in order to
enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and
Microsoft-wares around the globe. This promotional program takes place
every year. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our
end of year 50million Euro International lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial/Claim agent:
DR.Carlos Antonio (EUROMUTUA SECURITIES & CONSULTANT)
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 19th of September
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.
Mrs. Beneroze C. Santos
COMPLETE AND SEND REQUIRED INFORMATION BELOW TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
( email@example.com )
1. FULL NAMES: _______________________________
2. ADDRESS: __________________________________
3. SEX: _______________
4. AGE: ________
5. MARITAL STATUS: ___________________
6. OCCUPATION: _______________________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER: ________________
9. LUCKY MAIN NUMBER: _______________ LUCKY STAR
10.TICKET NUMBER: ___________________
11.REF / BATCH NUMBER: ______________
12.AMOUNT WON: ______________________
13.IDENTITY(NATIONAL ID OR PASSPORT NUMBER)................