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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, 19 Sep 2005 19:14:47 -0800
Subject: LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER
SA LOTTERY, SOUTH AFRICA.
We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as one of
the winners in the SA LOTTERY Online Promotional draw held on the 1st
Winners were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa,
America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New
Zealand as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
You qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting various
e-business website we are running on the Internet.
A ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 111 410-887
was attached to your entry which drew the lucky numbers 1 10
29 37 45 49 and consequently won in the second category.
You are therefore awarded a cash prize of US$1,500,000.00, which
is the winning payout for Second category winners.
This is from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared
among several international/local winners in the Second category.
You are to contact the director of claims department with the
information below to arrange for your payout,
Mr. Edwin Sipho
Ensure that you contact the claim department not later than
21 days from the day you receive this notification message.
MR WILLIAM JOHNSON.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
SA LOTTERY, SOUTH AFRICA