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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: "MR MOBUTU LAWAL" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:38:13 +0200
Subject: ++ GOOD NEWS FROM ZURICH, YOU WIN++
Customer Service: 480 NCA1068
Attention 4th Category,
CONGRATULATIONS! LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the South
African 2010 World Cup Global Mega lottery, Sweepstake
International and free lotto Promotion Programs held
on the 28th of October 2005 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
B75904546 220 with Serial number: 60124 drew the
winning: 04/07/24/25/40/42 which subsequently won you
the lottery in the 4th category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
of USD$2,000,000.00(Two Million, United States
Dollars) in cash credited to file ZA/621825/04. This
is from a total cash prize of USD$80,000,000(Eighty
million, United States Dollars) shared amongst
40(Forty lucky winners in this category world-wide.
Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls
within our Afro booklet representative office in
Southern Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In
view of this, your winnings of US$2,000,000.00(Two
Million, United States Dollars) will be remitted to
you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your
Our corresponding office/agent in Southern Africa will
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact them. All participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn and extracted from over
100,000 e-mails ID of individuals and companies on the
World Wide Web sites to promote South Africa's 2010
World Cup Award.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential till your claims is
processed and your money remitted to you. This is part
of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
unscrupulous people. PLEASE BE WARNED.
MR MOBUTU LAWAL
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK, 0083
P.O. Box 524, AUCKLANDPARK
JOHANNESBURG 2001 SOUTH AFRICA
Immediately you read this message for quick and urgent
processing and release of your winnings prize money.
Please be informed that all winners must claim within
30 days. Always quote your reference/batch numbers in
any correspondences with our designated office/agents
FROM: SHARON MARIO
GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY
YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT/CALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED
PERSON FOR URGENT PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF YOUR
WINNING PRIZE MONEY THANKS..
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