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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: EURO MILLION <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:26:13 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON
EURO MILLIONS SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
FROM:INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION / PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
LOTTERY BOARD OF EUROPE LICENSED
112-113 AVENIDA DE AMERICA 28980
MADRID - ESPANA.
(¡) REFERENCE: 67/80/CCL
(No Ticket Sold)
AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We happily announce to you the draw of the EURO MILLIONS SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL WINNINGS PROGRAM PROMOTIONS INCONJUNCTION WITH -LOTTERY held on the 7TH MARCH 2008 in SPAIN. Your company or your personal e-mail address attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main number 345-790-241-671 drew lucky star winning numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which consequently won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 960.000.00 Euros.(NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THOUSAND EUROS).
The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet all the continents of the world.
.No ticket were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Spanish European Lottery Board in line with the King Of Spain (REY) for it's annual promotion in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users around the globe. This promotional program takes place once in three years. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your award remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
To claim your winning prize, you should contact the assigned office by e-mail for Processing and remittance of your winning funds to you.
The Claims Officers:
seguros & reaseguros Company
NAME:MRS GISELA WILLIAMS
For:: DR TOM J.LAGE
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than two weeks, after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your Reference number and Batch numbers in all correspondence with the claims officer.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 millions Euro International lottery.
Director Online International Promotions Unit/Lottery Co-ordinator.
This message is confidential. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. If you have received it please let us know by reply it from your system; you should not copy it or disclose its contents to anyone. All messages sent to and from CONO SUR & SEGUROS S.A España may be monitored to ensure compliance with internal policies and to protect your winning from the Euro Million Spanish Lottery Award Promotion.
The contents of any e-mail addressed to our clients are subject to our usual terms of business; anything which does not relate to the official business of the firm is neither given nor endorsed by it.
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