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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 04:20:58 -1200
Subject: LAST OPPORTUNITY TO FILE FOR CLAIMS ......NOTICE FROM THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
Chequers Square, Uxbridge,
Middlesex UB8 1LN
Customer Service/Claims Department
We wish to remind you of this notification once more.You are the winner of the october draws help by this loyal
Your ticket number still remains 023-1111-790-458 attached to your email address,with serial number 5073-12 drew the
lucky numbers 43-10-42-37-10-43(bonus no.),this lucky number subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You were approved for a lump sum pay out of £743,437(SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY
SEVEN POUNDS STERLING)
in cash credited.
To file XYL/26510460037/04. This is from a total cash prize of £7,434,370. shared amongst the (10) lucky winners in
this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.All participants of this online promotion programme were selected randomly from
numerous World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from close to 125,000 unions,associations and
corporate bodies listed online.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in the United
kingdom as indicated in yourplay coupon. In view of this,your £743,437 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE THOUSAND FOUR
HUNDRED AND THIRTY SEVEN POUNDS STERLING) would be released to you by any of our payment office in the United Kingdom.
Your assigned claims agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact him/her via electronic mail(email) or other options made available to you.
Provide us with the information below:
8.Country Of Residence:
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank you for being part of our online promotional
Sir Mark Dulle.
Co-ordinator(Online Promo Programme).