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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: "Woods, Brad E" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 16:59:07 -0400
FROM: THE DESK OF THE CLAIMS DIRECTOR,
YAHOO MSN INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
Registered Lottery No 220949
(Thanks for contributing to our Financial Success)
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of
£500,000.00 Pounds. This email promotion was held on the 24TH of
MAY 2008 in London United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number 883734657492-5319 with serial number 7263-267, batch
number 8254297137 drew the lucky numbers 14-22-28-37-40-44 which
consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of £500,000.00 (i.e. five Hundred Thousand
United Kingdom Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file REF:
YAHOO6/315116127/27. To file for your claims you are to contact
our REMMITANCE DIRECTOR for further information.
NAME: MR WEST NEWTON (REMMITANCE DIRECTOR)
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
You are hereby advised to provide our claims department with the
following information: REF Number, Batch number, Winning Email Address.
Thereafter you will directed by your remittance officer on how to claim your prize.
YAHOO MSN PROMOTION is a free service that does not require you to
register or be a Yahoo registered user before winning. You have
received this message from Yahoo International PROMOTIONS prize dept
because you have visited one of our sponsored sites and have
voluntarily given your email address to receive mails from their
sponsors. Your email address was selected along side ten lucky winners
around the world who have there email voluntarily given to receive
mails from various site that we sponsor around the world.
To View Some Of Our Past Lucky Winner Click:
Mrs.Sherrell Barber (Zonal Coordinator)
YAHOO MSN PROMOTIONS