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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: "Free Lotto Christmas Bonanza" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 23:25:16 +0000
Subject: congratulation...you have won.... 500.000.00G...B.P
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY
The Free Lotto Sweepstakes,
PO Box 42 Peterborough
Ref No: MELI-T/ 17-F044262312
Zonal Draw No: GMLA2-003
Grand Draw No: 12099
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of your selection as one of the five winners of the promotional Free Lotto Sweepstakes held recently as part of our CHRISTMAS BONANZA.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of ( Â£500.000.00(G.B.P). the value of the amount comes to ($917,956.00 USD) Nine Hundred and Seventeen thousand, Nine hundred and fifty-six United States Dollars.
We in the Free Lottery Sweepstakes is by this program,Launching our model computer balloting lottery draws, developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of the ever-growing number of participants in our various lottery programs. With funds accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to all winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in record time.
After randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an initial database of 300,000 emails all participants were selected through a computer ballot system from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, USA and South America as part our International Promotions Program, which was conducted in view of launching ourselves into the Sweepstakes Industry Worldwide and zoning all participants by their respective continents from across the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the winners of the Grand Draw In other to claim your Â£500,000.00 prize, you will have to fill the form below and send it back to us for verification and then you will be inform on how your Cashier's Check for Â£500,000.00 has already been deposited with your email contact.
PAYMENT PROCESSING FORM
9.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
Please you are adviced to complete the form and send back to us for
prompt collection. You are automatically disqualified if you are below 18
years of age.Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners
will result to disqualification. This E-mail message (including
attachments, if any)is intended for the use of the individual or entity to
which it is addressed and may contain Information that is privileged,
proprietary,confidential and exempted from disclosure. If you are not the
intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination,distribution
or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent