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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: "LOTTO BOARD" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 11:54:18 +0000
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF YOUR PRIZE WINNING
PROMOTERS FLASH LOTTO ORG, MELVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTO WINNING
Ref No: ZAR/J0021-671/SA2005
Batch No: 002472/B8992-60
Dear Fei ,
We happily announce to you the Draw # (4 2 11 23 82 16 10) of the PICK
WINNER ONLINE held recently. Your Fax Number attached to ticket number:
728-10185-03124-78 288 with
Serial number 6712/05 drew the lucky numbers 01-05-13-267-32-05 which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e Thunderball
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,200,000.only
in cash credited to file ZAR/7781-P1301/05. All participants for the online
version were selected randomly from World Wide email Database Directory
through computer ballot system and extracted from
over 100,000 unions, associations and corporate bodies that are listed
This promotion takes place monthly. Please note that your lucky winning
number falls within our International Booklet representative office here in
South Africa as indicated in your winning numbers. Your fund is now
available for claim. Due to the mix up of some numbers and emails, we
request you to quote your Reference and Batch numbers. We also advice you to
keep this award strictly from Public Notice until your claim has been
In view of this, our payment offices here in South Africa would release your
US$2,200,000 to you. To file for your claim, please contact our Claims
Department; for proper processing of your claim file, do please send your
Name, Current Mailing Address and Tel/Fax Number, to the below
email address of the Claims Department.
Mr. John Nkosi
PICK WINNER ONLINE
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later
than Two To Three Week after notice.
After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your
correspondences with our fiduciary agent. Furthermore, should there be any
change of your address, do inform our fiduciary agent as soon as
Good luck from me and members of staff of the PICK WINNER
Mrs. Mary Nonjabs
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