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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 MILLION LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 13:42:43 +0200
Subject: FINAL E-MAIL WINNING NOTIFICATION OF AWARD
CALLE MOSTOLES 23C PISO 6G 28923 MADRID ESPANA.
DATE:SEPTEMBER 20Th, 2006.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD..
This is to inform you on the release of the EURO MILLION INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY held on the 15th of :SEPTEMBER 2006. The results was released on the 20Th of SEPTEMBER 2006. Your email address was attached to ticket number 331-554-075-495 with serial number 321-570-160-006 that drew the lucky numbers of 00-87-85-69-89, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been awarded a lump of 550, 000.00(FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EURO ONLY) cash credited to file with REF: Nº EGS/774/161/888
This is from 5,500,000 (FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO) in cash among
the 20 participants finalist playing 100 full tickets in which 10 winners was selected.
Your fund is now deposited with Santa Lucia Security Company and insured in your email address. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claims have been processed and the money remitted to your account.
Meanwhile,to clarify your doubts on how come you were selected and frequently questions that you may likely ask(HOW DID I ENTER THIS CONTEST???HOW DID YOU GET MY EMAIL ADDRESS???HOW DID I WIN???).
Please note that all email address/names registered with different and various websites/pages in the internet were selected through a computerized ballot machine system from the internet,randomly drawn from over 100, 000.00 COMPANIES and 50,000,000.00 (INDIVIDUALS PRIVATE/PERSONAL).
This is part of our security protocol to avoid problems from participants as it has happened in the past. This programme is sponsored by EUROPEAN UNION/ WORLD INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANISATION TO PROMOTE and ENHANCE the use of SOFT WARE IN THE GOBAL WORLD.
We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery claims, please contact your claims agent.DR JUAN LUCAS
SANTA LUCIA SECURITY COMPANY
Telephone number: 0034-686-756-126.
you are required to present your information of identity to prove you are the user of this email address, either your country passport or any other valid identity is required. Remember, all winnings must be processed not later than two weeks from the day you receive this notification. Any requirement not met before this date,funds will be returned to the EUROPEAN UNION MINISTRY OF FINANCE HEADQUATERS. Also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to the security company because they are the company assigned by the European Union to process your winnings to you.From your winnings, 10% will be collected after you have received your winning prize because the money is insured in your e-mail address and can not be removed.
Remember to quote your reference and batch numbers ( BATCH: EGGS-652-067-222 REFERENCE: 77/13/KTT) in every of your response to your claim agent. Further more, should there be any change of address, inform your claim agent as soon as possible.A copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent to you by your claim agent, DR JUAN LUCAS.
Once again from all members of our staff CONGRATULATIONS for being a part of our International promotions program.
NOTE:winners below eighteen years ( -18yrs ) are disqualified from this programme.
We wish you good fortunes.
SEND REQUIRED INFORMATION BELOW TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT
1. FULL NAMES: _______________________________
2. ADDRESS: __________________________________
3. SEX: _______________
4. AGE: ________
5. MARITAL STATUS: ___________________
6. OCCUPATION: _______________________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER: ________________
9. SERIAL NUMBER: _______________
10.WINNING NUMBER: ___________________
12. BATCH NUMBER: ______________
13.AMOUNT WON: ______________________
15.IDENTIFICATION NUMBER EITHER INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVING LICENCE / NATIONAL ID CARD.