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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: 2010lotto <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 18:13:06 +0200
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTERY WINNINGS
REF NO: SAFA/G4/DE21.
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTERY WINNINGS
We wish to inform you of the lottery draws held on the 12th of May 2006 to declare the winners of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and South Africa Football Association (SAFA). This lottery scheme created to bring awareness to the world, being that South Africa is hosting the next world cup in 2010.
Your email, attached to Ticket number
356-00098-3211-222, with Serial
number 818-09 drew the lucky numbers 67-99-777963 and consequently won the lottery. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,200,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO: SAFA/144132/1211.This
is from total prize money of US$12,000,000.00 shared among the ten international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 17,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Europe and Middle East and Asia as part of our International
Promotions Program, which is conducted every quarter of the year.
To begin your claim process, please contact your Claims Agent with details below, providing your Serial and Reference Numbers, Your Mailing Address, Telephone and Fax Numbers.
FIDUCIARY CLAIMS AGENT
STAR-COIN SECURITIES & FINANCE
500 OXFORD DRIVE
TELEPHONE: +27 76 314 1420.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than ten days after notice. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your Reference and Batch Numbers in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff.
N/B Please note that you are to donate 10% of your winnings to the less privileged children of Africa.