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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: UK NATIONAL LOTTERY BOARD<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:35:46 -1200
Subject: A REMINDER OF YOUR WINNINGS.....PLEASE BE SERIOUS WITH THE FILE FOR YOUR CLAIMS
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 held 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 your play 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).