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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: "Dr. mrs veronica Amadi" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 12:49:10 +0200
Subject: YOUR EMAIL HAS WON $500,0000 US DOLLARS.
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE GAME 2007THE NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE GAME 2007FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTORINTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENTREF NO.: EGS/2251256003/07BATCH NO>; 14/0017/1PDWINNING NOTIFICATIONNational Lottery wishes to inform you the results of E-mail Ballot Lottery International Program by Bill Gates of Microsoft and his associates. Your email account has been picked amongst winners. You have therefore been approved to claim five hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$500,000:00) only. This is from a total cash price of one hundred million United States Dollars (US$100,000,000.00) shared amongst the first two hundred (200) lucky winners.Your winning/ payment falls within the West African Regional Pay center in Nigeria , Hence the lottery office has 4 (four) Regional winning payment centers in Africa. Your email address attached in the category (A). All participant were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Microsoft users from companies and individual email addresses and your lucky number are as follows no 25946702 , this promotion takes place annually and it is sponsor by Bill Gates of Microsoft and his associates to encourage the use of internet and computers world wide.All winner are advice to keep winning information confidential until claim has been processed and money remitted to winners. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, for the release of your winning amount, confirm to us the receipt of this notice, to enable us submit you file to our paying bank, for processing and releasing of your fund.All winning must be claimed not later than 30th August, 2007. After this date all unclaimed fund will be returned to European Union Treasury as unclaimed. Please note In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence.To file for your claim:PLEASE FILL OUT THE VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM SEND TO1. FULL NAMES:__________________________________________________________2.ADDRESS:______________________________________________________________3. STATE: _______________________________________________________________4. COUNTRY:________________________________________________________________5. E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________________________6. TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________________________________________7. FAX NUMBER: ___________________________________________________________8. SEX: _____________________________________________________________9. AGE: ___________________________________________________________10. MARITAL STATUS: ______________________________________________________11. OCCUPATION: _____________________________________________________12. ANNUAL INCOME: _______________________________________________________13. REF NUMBER__________________________________________________________14. BATCH NUMBER: _____________________________________________________15. AMOUNT WON: _____________________________________________________Congratulation from the staff and thank you for being part of email account users program, our special thanks and gratitude to Bill Gates of Microsoft and all his associatesYours sincerely,John BrownExecutive (National Lottery Intl.)Dr. P. Swier, Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign operation), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Mrs. Sandra Murphy (Executive), Mr. Michael Cole (Executive), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman)LAST YEAR WINNERS OF NATIONAL LOTTERY EMAIL ADDRESS LOTTERY PROGRAMCopyright 2006-2007 The National Lottery Inc.
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