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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: "lottery board" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 14:00:55 +0200
Subject: SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY AWARD.
LOTTERY AWARD PROMOTIONALPROGRAMME
FROM NATIONAL LOTTERY AGENT
SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY AWARD.
LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS: 31, BRITON COURT,
KEMPSTON PARK, JHB.
BATCH: (13/26/DC36.)FROM: SA NATIONAL LOTTERY
TICKET NUMBER: 74454774
SERIAL NUMBER: 144-66584
BATCH NUMBER: BT-4478474121PDRAWS NUMBERS:AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of the South African 2010 World cup Bid award INTERNANTIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION held in Zurich, Switzerland on the 30 JENNUARY 2007.You were entered as dependent clients with: Reference SERIAL NUMBER: 144-66584 and Batch number BT-4478474121P.Your email address attached to the ticket number: 74454774 that drew the lucky winning number, which consequently won the sweepstake in the first category,in four parts. You have been approved for a payment of $500.000 Dollars ( Five hundred thousand United States Dollars )in cash credited to file reference number:IPL/4249859609/WP1.This is from a total cash prize of five million Dollars shared among the ten international winners in first categories.AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 50,000 (Fifty thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of our international promotion program. Due to mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims has been processed and your funds remitted to you. This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators, You are therefore directed to contact our bank manager immediately on receipt of this massage for quickened and urgent release of your wining fund. His contactinformation is as follows:
He is your agent, and responsible for the processing and transfer of your winnings to you. YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS Z-90237-Y67/U4 (keep personal) Remember, your winning must be claimed not later than (1 MONTH) From the date of acknowledgement receipt. Failure to claim your fund will be added to the next 10 Million Dollars lottery promotion. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Once again, Congratulations.
Yours Sincerely,MR PETER SMITH
Congratulations from the Staff & Members of the
National Lottery Board CommissionMr James Nkomo Mr. Rudolf P. Markhams Mrs. Rosemary Moyo(Zonal Co-ordinator Sec.) (Zonal Co-ordinator) (Board Member)100860 8556 2548 9576ZA
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