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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: Nationwide Lottery <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2008 08:08:42 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION,YOU HAVE WON GBP 820,000
Ref. Number: 133/756/4509*
*Batch Number: 538901527-Bc68*
*Ticket Number: 47522765896-6458*
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Winner in our International Lottery Program . Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 47522765896-6458 with serial number 3772-556 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-31-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Pounds. (£*820,000)*
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. *
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every five years.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by conglomerate of some multinational companies in the United Kingdom as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. We hope with part of your winnings you will take part in our next edition Ten million Pounds international lottery.*
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent. *
Mr. Joseph Duke and the agents
Email email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]*
Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 30th of December 2008.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
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.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs. Lylian Donald*
***International Lottery (coordinator)
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail.
Contact your claims agent.*
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