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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: " email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 23:40:01 -0100
Subject: CONGRATS! .YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAVE WON OUR JACKPOT.
GIRO STAKES LOTTO.NL
Paleisstraat 5, 2514 JA Den Haag. THE Netherlands.
Dear Lucky Email Address Owner,
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of
the GIRO STAKES LOTTO NL INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAME, held on the 6th
of April 2007. You were entered as an independent client with:Reference
Number: YPL/4249859609/WX5,and Batch Number: GLV/91663/AU.Your email address
attached to the ticket number:46938 that drew the lucky winning number,
which consequently won the lottery in the second category,in four parts.You
have been approved for a payment of 1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION EURO) in cash
credited to file reference number:GSL/4247159609/WP2.This is from a total
cash prize of TEN MILLION EURO Shared among the 10 international winners
that won the second categories.
All participants were selected through a Multi-international computer
ballot system drawn from 98,000(Ninety-Eight Thousand) names of email users
around the world,as part of our international promotion programme.Due to
mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this Winning
Prize award personal, till your claim has been processed and your funds
remitted to you.
This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or
unwarranted individual taking advantage of the situation by other
participants or impersonators. To begin your claim, do file for the release
of your winning by contacting our customer care department:
MR. RONALD DE GROOT.
GIRO STAKES LOTTO NL,
Tel: +31 619 705 250.
Fax: +31 847 438 364.
Reply Email: Customercare@girostakes.com
NOTE: All winnings must be notarized to complete the claim process; winners
will be referred to a licensed legal office to GIRO STAKES LOTTO NL, to have
their winnings notarized.Winners are to cover the processing and
admistrative tax charges and not GIRO STAKES LOTTO.NL.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence to Mr Ronald De Groot who is your File Officer, and he is
responsible for the processing and transfer of your winning funds to
you.YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91238-H-67/B5 (keep personal)
Remember,your winning must be claimed not later than TWO WEEKS. After this
date,winning funds might be returned as unclaimed.
Furthermore,should there be any change in your address, do inform your Flie
Officer as soon as possible.
MRS. ANITA DIRK.
THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM (NL)
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result
to disqualification.You are advice to Contact your File Officer :
Mr.Ronald De Groot.
WARNING: It has come to our attention that fraudulent emails are being sent
out from the Netherlands by some group of people. These emails are NOT from
Giro Stakes Lotto -wheel Email-games or the Multi-State Lottery Association.
These emails may claim that the recipient has won a prize in Giro Stakes
Lotto -wheel Email-games, the Netherlands Giro Stakes Lotto or some other
non-existent international version of Giro Stakes Lotto. These emails may
include our name, our logo and links to a copy of an old Giro Stakes Lotto
web page as we are working seriously to ensure security on our web page.
In accordance with the Giro Stakes Lotto-wheel E-games policy and
regulations, this notification is dispatched directly to only the 10 lucky
consolation prize Winners. This notification also contains information that
is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from
disclosure. If you are not the right recipient whose email address attached
to the lucky numbers along with the winning information's you are not
authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any
part of it.