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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: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 03:59:24 +0700
Subject: Email Award Notification
GOLDSTAR LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
Lotto Winners of 1,500,000.00 Euros
Ref. Number: NL/BC7765468/WW14
Coupon Number: NM/896161/WOP
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the
GOLDSTAR LOTTERY POGRAMS held on 15th February 2007.Your Company or your
personal e-mail address is attached to winning number 20-01-2005-02MSW, with
serial number S/N-00168 drew the lucky numbers 887-13-865-37-10-83, and
consequently won in the first lottery category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of One Million Five
Hundred Thousand EUROS (1,500,000.00) in cash credited to file REF NO:
NL/BC7765468/WW14 and Coupon NO.NM/896161/WOP
This is from total prize money of 10,687,000 EUROS, shared among the Twenty
international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system
drawn form 21,000 names, 3,000 names from each continent, as part of
International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, which is conducted once in every
four years for our prominent MS WORD user all over the world, and for the
continues use of E-mail.
Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account with our affiliate Bank
here in NETHERLAND, and insured with your REF NO: NL/BC7765468/WW14 and your
You are to keep your ref. number and coupon number from the public, until
you have been processed and your money remitted to your personal account. We
hope with your prize, you will be happy to promote the use of E-mail and the
use of MS WORD.
To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department
by email or call for processing and remittance of your prize money to you.
Your assigned claims Director Contact is:
2514 JA DEN HAAG
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and coupon numbers in all correspondences
with your claims director.
For GOLDSTAR LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
NB: All response should be mail to De Award Department: