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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: "MRS.DARLY PHILE" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 14:28:38 +0300
Subject: WINNING NOTICE FOR SILVER STAKE WINNER-Ref. No.-RNL/051/652659968/UK
FROM: PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT OF UK ROYAL NATIONAL LOTTERY, WINNING NOTICE FOR
SILVER STAKE WINNER-Ref. No.-RNL/051/652659968/UK
We happily announce to you that UK Royal National Lottery has just concluded
its final draws of it's periodical promotional program. An exclusive list of
email addresses of thousands of individual and corporate bodies were picked
by automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were sold.
Your email address emerged as one of seven winners in the silver stakes
category as email addresses were sought out from a total number of 1,000,000
email addresses draw from all over the globe (Europe, North and South
America, Middle East and Africa). After an automated computer ballot of our
International Promotions Program, only SEVEN winners emerged in this
category and therefore each are to receive payouts of EU1,000,000.00(ONE
MILLION EURO ONLY) from the total of EU7,000,000.00 (SEVEN MILLION EURO).
However, every email address selected was accompanied by a reference and
ticket number, after the cyber lotto selection, the below ticket and
reference numbers emerged as one of the lucky winners in the above category.
Reference number for your prize is: Ref.No.-RNL/051/652659968/UK Ticket
For your prize claim process, we have employed the service of an
lnternational Trust firm. They are to handle the transfer of your cash prize
of EU1,000,000.00(ONE MILLION EURO ONLY) in line with our procedures and
upon your directions. Your prize has been insured to its full value with
your email address and will be transferred to you under their professional
To immediately file your claim, please contact our Fudiciary agent Scottish
Finance & Securities Company, below are the contact information of their
MR. MONTY BURNS
Scottish finance & Security company
Phone: (+) 44 702 409 5943
FAX: (+) 44 870 479 3241
In your best interest, you must initiate contact within 5 days of receipt of
this correspondence, Scottish Finance & Securities Company are to handle all
matters with regards to claiming of your prize money.You are also advised to
send a copy of this email to your claims agent MR.MONTY BURNS, when
You may be required to provide any of the above information during the
process of collecting your prize. For security reasons, you are advised to
keep your winning information confidential till your claims file is
processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary
measure to avoid double/multiple claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program, Please be warned!!!
We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in
any of our international programs in the nearest future and we will
appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain the integrity of the
entire UK Royal National Lottery.
Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!.
Mrs. Darly Phile
Royal National Lottery,
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