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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: "YAHOO ONLINE LOTTERY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 06:33:54 -0000
Subject: Congratulations, you have won..........
YAHOO! ONLINE EMAIL LOTTERY PROMOTION.
PRIZE AWARD DEPT
REF NO: YLP/4710X16/05
BATCH NO: 128/25/0305
We are pleased to inform you of the release of the YAHOO! ONLINE EMAIL
LOTTERY PROMO held on 22nd August, 2008.
Your email address attached to Ticket No: 7804468845 with Serial No:
0252393554, drew the lucky numbers 08-09-17-29-37-43 which subsequently won
the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved a lump sum of TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS
STERLING. Your fund is presently held in a Finance/Security Firm, and is
insured in your FILE REFERENCE and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY.
To process your winning /claims, please contact your Fiduciary/Claims Agent;
Rev Dickson Paul
N.B: Endeavor to quote your winning references in all future correspondence
so as to avoid unnecessary delay and complications.
All winning must be claimed not later than 30th September, 2008. After this
date all unclaimed, funds will be included in the next stake.
Congratulations once again and thank you for being a part of the YAHOO!
ONLINE E-MAIL LOTTERY PROMO.
Dr. Cindy Charlton
This E-mail message (including attachments, if any)is intended for the
use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may
contain Information that is privileged, proprietary,confidential and
exempted from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are
notified that any dissemination,distribution or copying of this
communication is strictly prohibited.