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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: Australian International Lottery Program
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 15:33:02 +0000
Australian International Lottery ProgramLevel 1351 William StreetWest Melbourne, VictoriaAustralia 3003
You Have Just Won!U.S$1,000,000.00(ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS AWARD DEPARTMENT,
Date: 14/09/07,Ref: 10074512509/07,Batch: 5604561402/075,Winning No: MGI474/LWO
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 13th September 2007, from the Australian International Lottery program.
Your name "email address" was attached to ticket number; 84827975 2812 08075283211 serial number 77514990928 13/09/2007 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-14-30-31-40-49 bonus number 5, which consequently won the lottery in the second cate gory.
You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of US$1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: IGP/XF 10074512509/06 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. HARRY PAUL (M.D)OLD MUTUAL LOTTERY ORGANISATIONPhone: +27-84-808-3404Fax: +27-11-507-5811Email; email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
OLD MUTUAL ORGANISATIONMutualpark Jan Smuts DrivePinelands, Gauteng.7405 .Email: email@example.com
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 unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed with a specified date; otherwise YOUR PRIZE will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually be donated to the charity. Congratulations once again on your winnings!
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