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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: "Ortega, Jesus" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 21:52:43 -0400
Subject: Fill And Return Your Lottery Verification Form for Payment Asap
PREMIER LEAGUE LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES,
I am Mr. Gary Rodney,the fiduciary agent assigned to process your lottery claims. I wish to congratulate you as one of the lucky (Electronically)randomly selected winner of this 2008 promotion which subsequently won you the lottery prize of GBP£1,000,000.00(One million great Britain pounds) in the 2nd category through a computer ballot system and extracted from over 100,000 company addresses. This promotion takes place annually as conducted by the Premier League,
How ever you are requested to fill the Winner's Verification Form below to facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will lead to the payment of your won prize as required,
Your won funds will then be transferred to your local bank account by Telegraphic wire Bank transfer which will automatically credit your won funds in your account within 48 working hours. or could also be delivered to you as a certified check through Excel courier express company
After all due processes, the account officer will keep you posted on the procedure in which your won funds will be remitted to your designated bank account or delivered via courier company. Note that your won funds have been insured to its real value by the Insurance Company and no deductions of any kind can be made from your won funds.
You are strongly advised to keep all your winning information confidential and out of public notice, relation and friends to avoid impersonation arising to the issue of double claim. To avoid unnecessary delays, complications and unwarranted abuse, because we shall not be held responsible for any lost arising to that effect.
You are hereby advised to send your Filled Form and Scanned Identification via Email. All claims procedures must be completed early to avoid disqualification.
Once again we say congratulations and hope to hear from you soon.
COMPLETE THE WINNER'S VERIFICATION FORM AND SEND TO THE VERIFICATION UNIT VIA EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
FULL NAMES:======== DATE OF BIRTH========SEX=========CONTACT========ADDRESS=======
TELEPHONE NUMBER=====OCCUPATION:=========TOTAL AMOUNT WON======
OPTIONAL______: SUGGESTED MODE OF PAYMENT (A) COURIER DELIVERY OR
(B) BANK TO BANK WIRE TRANSFER PROVIDE ACCOUNT DETAILS WINNING INFORMATION:
Mr. Gary Rodney,
TELL +44 702 407 1529
Confidentiality Notice: This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any dissemination, unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution of this email and any materials contained in any attachments is prohibited. If you receive this message in error, or are not the intended recipient(s), please immediately notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message, including attachments.