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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:
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 06:19:12 +0200
FROM: THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
WORLDWIDE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT LOTTO ORGANIZATION PROGRAMME.
Congratulations Category A prize winner! You have been selected as one of
the winners of the Worldwide AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT LOTTO ORGANIZATION computer
ballot draws and thus will be a privileged recipient of the grand draw prize
of US$ 2,500,000.00 (Two million five hundred thousand United States Dollars
only). Winning File Reference number for your prize is WWPL/ADLP/ 61-812087;
ticket number 003-214-39/A.
We in the Worldwide AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT LOTTO ORGANIZATION is by this program,launching
our model computer balloting lottery draws,developed and designed to satisfy
the cravings of the ever growing number of participants in our various lottery
programs. With funds accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to
all winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in record time.
After randomly selecting the participants from an initial database of 10,000
emails and zoning all participants by their respective continents from across
the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as
one of the winners of the Grand Draw prize.
To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings, the transfer of your prize
is to be handled by our paying agents in overseas and also in Africa here.
You are to contact the officer incharge of this programme MR.JOHN TAYLOR
by email:firstname.lastname@example.org within a week of receiving
this notice. Please find full contact details below:
MR. JOHN TAYLOR
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT LOTTO ORGANIZATION PROGRAMMES
Also find all other relevant winning lottery information
Draw Serial No: 35/751346
Batch No: 06-A852
Zonal Draw No: A2-003
Grand Draw No: 12099
Winners Certficate No:E021453
You are seriously advised to keep all winning lottery information and numbers
from the public in line with our company security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.
Please direct all further correspondences and queries to your respective
category Prize Transfer handlers.
Congratulations once again from the adlop Lotto family.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT LOTTO ORGANIZATION PROGRAMME
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