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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: Loto Draw <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 23:33:32 +0300
UNITED KINGDOM IN COLABRATION WITH GOLD MINING COMPANY. LONDON MILLION INT & NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO,12th AVENUE KWAME NKRUMAH 01 BP .
WINNER- REF: LP/26510460037/03.
WINNING/AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION
It is our pleasure to inform you of the declaration of winners of the LONDON MILLION INT LOTTERY AWARD held on 25th of October 2007.Having picked your mail address by our electronic web site visitors collectors in recognition of your patronage to the Internet services.
In the final draw,your name was attached to ticket number 6325698-44596-222, with serial number 410-32659,draw lucky numbers 4014-236985744-596 which consequently won in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of $1,000,000.00 ONE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS), In cash accredited file No:LP/26510460037/03. This is from a Total Cash Prize of ($48,400,000,000.00 FOURTY EIGHT BILLION FOUR HUNDRED MILLION U.S DOLLARS) shared among the 22 International Countries in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America,Europe,North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program that is conducted annually to encourage the use of Internet and Internet based programs. We are delighted to express our heartfelt congratulations to you.
We hope that with a fraction of your wining money,you will be able to assist the less privilege in your society and also participate in our next year high stakes promotions of Euro 100 million International Lottery. For your information on how you will start the Processing and remittance of your prize money to your designated account of your choice.
Please contact the claiming Manager stated below to receive your winning Money immediately:
NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTIONS/PRIZE GIVING AWARD
12TH.AVENUE KWAME N'KRUMAH,
NAME: MR.Mohammed Salif.
Remember,all prize money must be claimed not later than 25th November 2007. After this duration,all funds will be returned to the Ministry of Economic Affairs as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with us or to our coordinate sponsor's bank. Should there be any change of your address, do inform the claiming manager to process your transaction as soon as possible.
Congratulations from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
We wish you continued good fortunes.
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