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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: "Lottery Company" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 02:14:48 -0800
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS AWARD DEPARTMENT,
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC
ATTN SIR/ MADAM,
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 03rd July 2004
from the Australian
International Lottery program.
Your name "email address" was attached to ticket number; 47061725
07056490902 serial number 7741137002 09/06/2004 This batch draws the lucky
numbers as follows 2-9-22-23-24-30 bonus number 5, which consequently won
the lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of US$500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED
THAUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 474061725/04 from the
total cash prize of US16, 000,000.00 shared amongst sixteen lucky winners,
based on their category.
All participants "email address" were selected through a computer balloting
system drawn form Nine
hundred thousand names from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe,
Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our international promotions
program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by some multinational companies as
part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have
Further more your "email address" falls within our European representative
office in Amsterdam, Holland. As indicated in your play coupon and your
prize of US$500,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch
office in SOUTH AFRICA.
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes for US$1.3 Billion
Please do contact:
Dr. WILLSON DUBE (M.D)
OLD MUTUAL LOTTERY ORGANISATION
OLD MUTUAL ORGANISATION
Mutualpark Jan Smuts Drive
Pinelands, Gauteng.7405 .
Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on
the top left corner of this notification as well as your full names and
address to help locate your file easily.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until
your claim is processed and your prize released to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual claiming and unwarranted
taking advantage of this
program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed with a specified date; otherwise YOUR
PRIZE will be returned as
Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.Congratulations once again on