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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: "Mrs.Lilian Dube" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 14:16:55 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION,YOU HAVE WON A LOTTERY
NEW GATE 21B
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION
Be informed that you have emerged a winner of our Lottery International Program that was drawn three days from the day of this notice.
Attached to ticket number 7,35,5,45,8 BONUS NO: 42, with serial Number 2113-05 matched the winning numbers 7,23,5,45,8 BONUS NO: 42, and consequently won our Stakers International lottery in the 3rd category.
Approved is a lump sum of Twenty Milllion Rand(ZAR20,000,000) in cash prize accredited to file REF NO. JSL/2554259003/07 that should be released to you. This is from the total prize money of (ZAR300,000,000) shared among the fifteen International winners in this category. Participants were selected through a referral program and winners were picked by a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Asia, Europe,Africa and North America, as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money released to you.
To begin your claim, please contact the claims department:
NB: Prizes must be claimed not later than 8 working days. After these stipulated days, all funds will be returned as unclaimed prizes and will channeled for charity. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your winning reference batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with the claims officer.
Congratulations and thank you for being part of our International promotions program.
MRS JOY BONGO
(JUNOSTAKERS PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR)