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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:
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 04:47:48 -0300
Subject: UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE PAYMENT NOTICE.
INTERNATIONAL LOTTO ORGANIZATIONJuan Southern portion De Mencosea 6E
21022,Cotonou Republic Du Benin UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE PAYMENT
NOTICE. ATTENTION TO THE OWNER OF THIS EMAIL ADDRESS;Winner in the 2nd
category of our Euroafric free Net Lottery Promotional award draws held
December 2006. I am writing in respect to your lotto winning prize of
$915,810.00(Nine hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and ten US
Dollars only) which you won through the email ballot draws in our Euroafric
Lotto Award in 2006 in the second category prize winnings category. We
wish to inform you that your total prize money of $915,810.00 has been
returned to us by our Lotto claims agent as unclaimed prize after their
initial letter to your address for your payment was not successful. You
are here by requested to contact our Treasury Office on telephone
+22993815509 or 0022993815509 and also through e-mail:
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for your immediate payment,Our Treasury
officer's name is Mr.Smith Walter, so refer this to him immediately for the
immediate payment of your unclaimed lotto prize payment to you. You
should contact our Treasury Officer as directed above for your payment, and
do notify me as soon as you received your payment from our
Treasurer. Thanks,Mrs Serina Gomez.President; Int'l Lotto Org.