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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "BMW Automobile" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2008 15:08:51 -1200
Subject: Reference Number BMW:2551256003/23
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London, United Kingdom.
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash
prize of 1,000,000.00GBP (One Million Great British Pounds)
and a brand new BMW 5 Series Car from International programs
held on the 4TH of MARCH 2008 in London Uk.
The selection process was carried out through random
selection in our computerized email selection system(ess)
from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from
all the continents of the world.
The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and
also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming
Regulators (IAGR). This promotional lottery is the 3rd of
its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. To begin the
processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduaciary
claims department for more infomation as regards procedures
to claim your prize.
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT UK
7 DOCK WAY, SEFTON BUSINESS PARK
LONDON, T40 4RT
Contact him by please providing him with your Reference
Number BMW:2551256003/23.You are also advised to provide him
with the under listed informations as soon as possible:
1.Name in full.
7.Present Country .
We ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims
have been processed and your funds remitted to you. This is
a part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or
unwarranted participants or imposters, taking advantage of
Failure to claim your prizes (CASH) would result to
forfeiting and will be used for next 10,000,000 pounds
sterling international lottery program.
Furthermore, should there be any change in your contact
address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
MRS Pat Swindell