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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: "mav nkuma" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 18:59:12 +0100
Subject: YOU HAVE WON $ 2,950,000.00
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY
SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR 2005
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT OMEGA CROSSING SA
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT, THE SUM OF US$ 2,950,000,00 PLEASE
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
ON PHONE NO. + 27 73 212 5411,
(GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY)
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made for totay... 30th of
May, the winners of FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, as part of
our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the
world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program. Note that your
email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various
websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company
email address, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number
513-10 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and
consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 100-309-7482,
Your Serial Number. 513-10
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,950,000.00
in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is
from the total prize money of US$26,650,000.00 shared among the Seven
international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!
Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$2,950,000.00 is now
with Omega Crossing Finance and Security Company insured with your email
address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact (OMEGA
CROSSING SA) your agent and give them your full names so that they will
re-insure your CHEQUE under your full names.
Please note that OMEGA CROSSING your paying agent, will invite you to their
office in Johannesburg South Africa for your immediate payment, you have to
hurry up and contact them immediately.
To begin your claim, please call your claim agent immediately, and also to
send an urgent message to Dr Alfred Mamunna. through Phone or Email address
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
OMEGA CROSSING SA.
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK,0083
P.O. Box 524, AUCKLANDPARK
TEL:27 73 212 5411
EMAIL: email: email@example.com
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information
provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your
REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811
BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010
SOCCER WORLD CUP
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.
MR. MERVIN NKUMA
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY.
2nd Floor SABC
Radio Park Building
P.O. Box 91711,
Auckland Park, 2006 Henley Road.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
OMEGA CROSSING SA
AS THE 2010
WILL BE HOSTED BY
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND SUPPORTED
BY: (Fé¤©ration Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT