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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: "MSN Windows Live Awards Inc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 00:35:01 +0000
Subject: DETAILS REQUIRED FOR THE MSN 3RD QUARTER AWARDS 2008
MSN Window Live Awards Centre
Kernel House Killingbeck Drive Killingbeck Leeds LS14 6UF United Kingdom
You are advised to send the following information to our co-ordinator to facilitate the release of of your fund to you.
YOUR IDENTIFICATION NUMBER WILL BE QUOTED TO YOU UPON RECEIVING THE BELOW BIO-DATA
PLEASE QUOTE IMMEDIATELY: 1. Full name, 2. Country, 3. Contact Address, 4. Sex, 5. Age, 6. Occupation, 7. Yahoomail/hotmail
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds (Great Britain GBP650,000) for the last quarter of 2008 Prize promotion which is organized by MICROSOFT WINDOWS LIVE AWARDS. Windows Live Centre collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few
from other e-mail providers. 6 people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected winners.
Winners shall be paid in accordance with their Settlement Centers. Microsoft Windows Live Prize Award must be claimed not later than 14 working days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited and
returned to its source as unclaimed.
You are requested to contact our Award Cordinator in Leeds to get your winning identification numbers and further advice on claims proceedings
Name: Rev.Mr.Phillipe Dalakis
Tel: +44 704 5711 018, Fax: +44 7005-921-454.
Congratulations!!! once again.
Yours in service,