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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: "South African Lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 18:49:20 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION (CONGRATULATIONS).
COMING FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO
FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of the day of, 30th August 2006, of winners of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, in South Africa , as part of our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn 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 are qualified for the draw..
...as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 6,9, 12, 29, 30, 45, 66, and bonus number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the second category.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 100-309-7482
Your Serial Number. 513-10
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 6, 9, 12, 29, 30, 45,66.
Bonus Number 17
Your INSURANCE Number: LP3/7599.LTSA
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of$750,000.oo (SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSANDDOLLARS), In cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02from the total cash prize of US12,000,000.00 shareamongst sixteen lucky winners in this category.CONGRATULATIONS!
Please be informed that your fund, US$750,000.00 is now deposited with the Omega Crossing Finance and Security Company insured with your email address which won you this prize, so we would like you to contact your agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your money with your full names.
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 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 (2007) high stakes US$1.3 million International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately;
DR PHIL VAN.
EMAIL : email@example.com
FOREIGN SERVICE MANEGER,
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA,
UNIVERSAL BUILDING , 132-133 PARK HURST
BALFOUR –UNIT 1440.
Call the above mentioned person for urgent processing and the immediate payment of your money.
Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than one week, which this message was sent to you. After one week, 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 and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4
BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN
Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your claims agent, Omega Crossing Finance and Security Company through phone or through the following email address;
THIS FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA PROGRAM, IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
MR. MERVIN NKUMA
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA.
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN,AUCKLAND PARK.0083.
P.O.BOX 524, AUCKLAND PARK
JOHANNESBURG 2001, SOUTH AFRICA.
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY SA
WORLD CUP WILL BE HOSTED BY
SOUTH AFRICATHIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND SUPPORTED BY: (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT.
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