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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: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 23:39:56 -0700
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" CYBER LOTTO DRAWS
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT
*Ref Number: PW EH 9590 OG 0612
*Batch Number: 563881545-NL/2008
*Ticket Number: PA 3502 /8707-01
*Amount Won: USD$2,500,000.00.
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" CYBER LOTTO DRAWS
We are pleased to inform you of results of our cyber lotto draw of the promotional International lottery Programs.
The online electronic-raffle draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 250,000 e-mail accounts picked by our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) from an exclusive list
However, no tickets were sold.
After the automated computer ballot collection, your e-mail address emerged as a winner category "A" with the following numbers attached
(Ref Number: PW EH 9590 OG 0612, Batch Number: 563881545-NL/2008 and Ticket Number: PA 3502 /8707-01
You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from the total payout sum! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
The payout of this cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory report that you are the bonafide owner of the winning email address. In line with the
governing rules of claim, you are required to establish contact with your designated claims agent via email or telephone with the particulars below:
Name: Mr John Raylands
Foreign claims agent Netherlands Office.
TEL: +31 626 403 076
FAX:+ 31 847 455 835
You are advised to provide him with the following information:
You are to keep all lotto information confidential, especially your reference numbers and the password of your E-mail address. Since we do not
Know you, if an impostor hacks your E-mail account ID and claims your money without our knowledge, we shall not be liable. Double claims will not be
Entertained so be careful. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations!!! And thank you for being a user of the World Wide Web.
Thank you and congratulations
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