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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: "AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY BOARD" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 16:34:21 +0100
AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the of 1st July
-2006 from the Australian International Lottery programme. Which is fully
bank on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses Your
name was attached to ticket number 47061725 07056490902 serial number
7741137002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 513-33-37-42 bonus
number 17,which consequently won the lottery in the second category. You
hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$600,000.00 (SIX HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total
cash prize of US$4.8million shared amongst eight lucky winners in this
category. All participant were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia,
United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, (Africa Nigeria claiming
office)and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is
conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a
conglomorate of some multinational companies as part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the commmunities where they have
operational base. Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our
European representative office in France,Spain, as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of US$600,000,.00USD, will be released to you from
this regional branch office in Africa. We hope with part of your prize, you
will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion
international draw. HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE Simply contact our fiducial
agent,REVEREND FATHER RAUF RAMA HIS EMAIL ADDRESS
IS(firstname.lastname@example.org) to file for your claim.
Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on
the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name, address
and telephone number to help locate your file easily. For security reasons,
we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public
until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed under two weeks of recieving this message
otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to
charity Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!(co-ordinator) PLEASE
DO REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.AND CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON
THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
MRS SUSAN CONSOLE
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