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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:
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 15:04:41 -0800
OZUXWINNERS INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION.
FROM:THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
OZUXWINNERS LOTTO .INTER.L/PRIZE AWARD DEPT .
REF: OLW/00585360137/22. BATCH:77/55300/POV.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International
programs held on the 5th of March 2005. Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number 436750991100654-88 with serial number 41100675,batch number
77/55300/POV, lottery ref number OLW/00585360137/22 and drew lucky number
4-9-17-36-44-78 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore
been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1m. (ONE MILLION, United States
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money
Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants
were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000 company
and 20,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted
and sponsored by Association of software producers. we hope with part of
your winning,you will take part in our next year US$2.5 million international
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent with the following
MRS JUDITH VAN GAAL
1) FULL NAME AND ADDRESS
3)FAX NUMBER (IF ANY)
4) REFERENCE AND BATCH NUMBER
5) SEX / AGE
Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 30th of April 2005.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and
thank you for being part of our promotional program.
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