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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: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 16:09:39 +0200
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY
SECOND QUATER OF THE YEAR 2005
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE
COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
OMEGA CROSSING SA
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT,
THE SUM OF US$ 2,950,000,00
(MR. JABU KOOS)
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
ON PHONE NO. + 27-731-777-009,
(GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY)
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made YESTERDAY.. JUNE 29 2005,
of winners of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, as part of our
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000
email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part
of our electronic business Promotions Program.
Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting
various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company
email address, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10
drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and consequently
YOU HAVE won in the Second Category.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,950,000.00 in cash,
which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total
prize money of US$26,650,000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in
the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!
Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$2,950,000.00 is now
with Omega Crossing Finance and Security Company insured with your email
address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact (OMEGA CROSSING SA)
your agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your CHEQUE
under your full names.
Please note that OMEGA CROSSING your paying agent, will invite
you to their office in Johannesburg South Africa for your immediate payment,
you have to hurry up and contact them immediately.
To begin your claim, please call your claim agent immediately,
and also to send an urgent message to Mr. JABU KOOS through
Phone or Email address
MR. JABU KOOS
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
OMEGA CROSSING SA.
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK,0083
P.O. Box 524, AUCKLANDPARK
TEL:27-731-777-009: EMAIL: email@example.com
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and
other information provided above and below in every one of your
correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811
BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR
THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank
you for being part of our promotions program.
MR. JABU KOOS.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY.
2nd Floor SABC
Radio Park Building
P.O. Box 91711,
Auckland Park, 2006 Henley Road.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
OMEGA CROSSING SA
AS THE 2010
WILL BE HOSTED BY
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY
: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY.
AND SUPPORTED BY: (Fé¤©ration Internationale de Football Association)