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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "australia company" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 May 2006 10:55:07 +0000
Australian International Lottery Program
351 William Street
West Melbourne, Victoria
You Have Just Won!
(ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS)
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 15rd APRIL 2006,
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
You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of US$1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION
UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 474061725/04 from the
total cash prize of US33.208,000.00 shared amongst 166 (One Hundred and
Sixty Six) 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 operational base.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$1,000,000.00 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$2.6 Billion international draw.
Please do contact:
Dr.DUBE WILLSON (M.D)
AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY ORGANISATION
AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY 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
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed with a specified date; otherwise YOUR
PRIZE will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually be donated to the
Congratulations once again on your winnings!
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