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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: "MARIA STEVE" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 10:51:40 +0200
Subject: RE:LUCKY WINNERS' NOTIFICATION
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,MR.ADAM KARABO.
EUROPEAN/UK/S.A.UNION INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONSBID SOUTH AFRICA 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY
AWARD DEPARTMENT.UNITED KINGDOM/SOUTH AFRICA
(Customer Services)Ref: FER/4690/6103/24
Winning No:2-9-22-23-24-30Dear Sir/Madam,WINNING NOTIFICATIONWe happily annouce to you the draw of South African 2010 World Cup Bid Lottery Award International programs held in U.K. Your "email address" was attached to ticket number; 12324277 serial number 6663817262 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows -9-22-23-24-30 bonus number 2, which consequently won you the lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of £520,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND BRITISH POUNDS) file Ref: FER/8309/1209/26 from the total cash prize of 18,000,000.00 shared amongst ten lucky winners based on their category.
All participants "email addresses" were selected through a computer balloting
system drawn from 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 and some other EU governmental personalities as part of their social responsibility to promote South Africans 2010 World Cup Award.Please you are advised to file for your claim immediately through our Agent in South Africa MR. JONATHAN KAWE for your prize money and to remit your winning fund to your account. Call him on the phone immediately you received this message because you stand a risk of loosing the prize if you fail to claim within a month from the day you received this notification.His contact details are as follows:
NAME: MR. JONATHAN KAWE(CLAIM AGENT).TEL: 0027-73-276-3192E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call him on the phone immediately you recieve this mail.
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 unofficial personnel.Note.
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
EUROPEAN.UK .SOUTH AFRICAN UNION INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.
EUROPEAN/UK/S.A UNION INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS,
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