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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: "glo meg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 08:20:12 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS/ WINNING NOTIFICATION
GLOBA MEGA LOTTERY
UNIVERSAL BUILDING, 132 - 133 PARK HURST
BALFOUR - UNITE 1440
JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG 2001
CONGRATULATIONS/ WINNING NOTIFICATION
The Global Mega Lottery Promotion team is proud to inform you the
announcement made in the weekly Promotion winners of the Lottery South
Participants 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/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number
513-10 drew the lucky numbers 02,09,22,23,24,30,+5 and consequently won in
the Second Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out
of US$850,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category
winners. This is from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among
the seven international winners in the Second category.
Your fund is now deposited with the Global Mega Lottery Finance and Company
insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask
that you keep this secretly from public notice until your claim has been
processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of
your prize, you will participate in our mid year (2006) high stakes US$1.3
billion International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your
claim agent immediately with the information below: -
Mr. Riaan Louw
Mega Lottery - SA.
Office, 23 Wellington Road,
Park town Johannesburg,
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every
one of your correspondences with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER:
FLS-ZR39-825P-4, BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN.
Finally, your telephone and fax numbers are very necessary for easier
communication. Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you
for being part of our promotions program.
MR. RICHARD BALOYI.
(The Promotional Manager)
Note: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result
to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your
claims agent through his email contact above.
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