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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: cynthia chalker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 07:56:19 -0800
Subject: PAYMENT APPROVAL
>From the desk of Cynthia ChalkerThe Promotional Manager for Ontario 49 Special PromotionalDraw 1550 Princess StreetKingston, ON, Canada, K7M 9E3
To: MIHAILOVIE VLADIMIR email@example.com: Patrick Adamson firstname.lastname@example.org
REF NO: EAAL8510YH1/07BATCH: Ontario 49SERIAL NO: 46563760
We wish to inform you that, we have approved you after verifications as rightful winner of our promotional draw held in Essex United Kingdom and Ontario Canada as earlier informed. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: b9564 75604545 100, with serial number 46563760 drew the winning numbers for Ontario 49 under the choice of the lottery in the second category of daily three.
The Lottery Winner Approval Award Certificate and Insurance Certificate will be mailed to the ABSA Bank in South Africa for confirmations and they shall send it to you after their verifications and the transfer of your winnings into your nominated.
Please note that your winnings have been insured against tamper or deductions by our insurers (Zurich in Canada Corporate and Commercial Security Insurance Brokers, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) this insurance serves as a security against any Agent tampering with winners fund in accordance with our agreement with the Government of South Africa and the world cup 2010 team. And it is done to guard against blemishes against our reputable company.
May we inform you now that the amount you won is now ready in our affiliate bank for remittance into the account that you designated to be paid with. All you have to do is to:
1. Make an arrangement to go to South Africa and Sign your Payment Release Order. or
2. Get our accredited Attorney in South Africa to certify a scanned Copy of your Passport/Drivers license or any identity document that was issued by a competent authority in your country to you. The Attorney will have to present your certified documents to the payment agent in South Africa and Sign your Payment Release Order on your behalf for the release of your money into your designated account.
Contact our agent to recommend one for you. This is to make sure that we are paying the rightful winner and MUST be done before the Payment Agent will tell the bank to pay you. Should you fulfill these requirements, your winnings will be paid to you the following day.
Finally, we wish to notify you that we have entered your name in our Draw which will see 500 persons accompanied with their spouses/friends a friend per winner) go to South Africa to witness the world cup.
Thank you for participating in this program.
Ms Cynthia Chalker Ontario 49 Special Soccer World cup 2010 Promotional Draw1550 Princess StreetKingston, ON, Canada, K7M 9E3