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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 Lottery Inc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 20:37:38 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATION; YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS HAS WON $500,000.00USD ONLY.
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*FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS
DEPARTMENT AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY CORPORATION.* **
*AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE*
*We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 25th of June *
*,* *2008 from the Australian International Lottery Programme with the
*Current Date: 2/06/2008
Winning no: KB8701/LPRC.
*Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their
e-mail addresses.Your name was attached to ticket number; 575061725
8056490902 serial number 6741137002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as
follows: 11-13-26-34-44-48 bonus number 17,which consequently won the
lottery in the second category.*
*You hereby have been approved a prize of US$500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total
cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category. All
participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from
One hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States,
Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa as part of our international promotions
program which is conducted annually.*
*This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies in Australia as part of their social responsibility
to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.*
*Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our European
representative office in Amsterdam,Holland, as indicated in your play coupon
and your prize of US$500,000.00 will be released to you from our Australian
regional branch bureau in NIGERIA.*
*We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.*
* HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE*
*Simply contact our Fiducial Agent, DR. James J Williams**. at;
)** to file for your claim . **Please quote your Date of draw, Reference
Number, Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be found on the top-left
corner of this message. Also, you should give in your telephone number 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 has been released to you. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage
of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.*
*Note, all winnings MUST be claimed by the 30th of July 2008, otherwise all
funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.*
DR. JAMES WILLIAIMS.
*FILL IN THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AND SUBMIT IT TO YOUR APPOINTED CLAIMS
AGENT THROUGH HIS E-MAIL CONTACT BELOW.
*** * *
Zip / Postal code:.....
NON-STAKED EMAIL WINNER:.....
Lotto winning number:........
METHOD OF PAYMENT
Bank To Bank Transfer(BTB)
(Fast Electronic Fund Transfer)(FEFT)
*C**ongratulations once again on your winning!*
*ALSO ENSURE YOU TYPE THE EMAIL ADDRESS CORRECTLY TO ENSURE SAFE & QUICK
MAIL DELIVERY/RESPONSE. ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF WINNERS
WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.*
DR. JAMES WILLIAMS
*MRS MARIA FARNN,*
* ** *
*SIR RICHARD PIL,*
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. *
*CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT THE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW:
*Yours Truly, *
* Past winners round the world with full of excitment
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