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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: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 17:22:45 +0100 (CET)
Subject: FROM THE CO-ORDINATOR
FROM THE CO-ORDINATOR
EURO MILLIONS SWEEPSTAKE
CONGRATULATIONS: YOU WON 1,000,000.00 EUROS.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of Euro Millions Sweepstake,which was held on the November 10,
2006. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number:05-32-44-45-50 (01-07),with Prize Number : 106000007 drew a prize of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros). This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of theSweepstake.
You will receive the sum of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros) from our authorized bank. Because of some
mix-up with sweepstake prizes, including the timelimit placed on the payment of your prize:
1,000,000.00 Euros, we advice that you keep all information about this prize confidential until your
funds:1,000,000.00 Euros have been transferred to you by our bank. You must adhere to this instruction,
strictly, to avoid any delay with the release of your funds to your person. This program has been abused
severally in past,so we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of false claims.
This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyesof 8,000 spectators. Your e-mail address attached toe-ticket number 05-32-44-45-50 (01-07) was selectedm and; it came out first by an e-ballot draw from over
250,000 e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses). This program is sponsored by CFI to
compensate faithful internet surfers around the globe.
Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners.
With your permission, your e-mail will also be included in the next sweepstake of 5 Million Euros.
You must claim your prize: 1,000,000.00 Euros not later than 14-days from the moment you receive this
e-mail. In order to avoid unnecessary delays with yourm claim from the bank; please contact them immediately, and quote your winning and personal information now,and in all your correspondence with the bank.
Here is the contact information:
Bank: Laagste Heypotheekofferte Bank. N.L.
Attention: Dirk Garvin.
Karspeldreef 6A,1101 CJ,Amsterdam,Netherlands.
Telephone: +31616 209 526.
Fax : (+3184) 725 0512
Furnish them with the following:
(iii)YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
(iv)A PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION(OPTIONAL)
(V)YOUR TICKET NUMBER
Blijke Johanna Diedrich(Ms.)
Euro Millions Sweepstake.