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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 LOTTERY" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:21:17 -0800
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WON $500.000.00USD.
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AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY AWARDS
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
AWARDS DEPARTMENT AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY INC.
AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE
The entire Australian National lottery organization feel delighted to
inform you of your e-mail lottery prize win released on the 20th
June,2008. We feel obliged to let you know that this organization has
been a lottery organization since its establishment in 1974.
Date of draw: 12/12/2007
Date of release:20/06/2008
Ref: ILP/HW 47509/008
Lotto type : MegaMillion
Official comment:Winners By Yahoo Email(Free Lottery)
This is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their
e-mail addresses.Your name was attached to ticket number 575061725
serial number 6741137007.This batch draws the lucky numbers as
follows:11-13-26-34-44-48 bonus number 48,which consequently won the
lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved a prize of US$500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref:
ILP/HW47509/008 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky
winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from One hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada,Australia,
United States, Asia, Europe,Middle East and Africa as part of our
international promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies in Australia as part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have
operational base.This is part of the organizations' bid to show
gratitude to the global society for their patronage since the last 33
years of existence.
Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our European
representative office in Amsterdam,Holland, as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of US$500,000.00USD ONLY will be released to you
from our Australian regional branch bureau in Nigeria,Australian
Embassy government quarter.HELP US EXPAND AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY GLOBALLY!
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of the
year high stakes for US$2.3 Billion international draws..
FOR THE ROUTINE CLAIM OF YOUR PRIZE SIMPLY CONTACT OUR OVERSEA AGENT: Dr
1.CLICKING THE WINNING NUMBERS/DETAILS FROM THE SITE ABOVE WILL NOT BE
ALLOWED TO OPEN JUST FOR SECURITY OF YOUR WINNING INFORMATION.
2.DO NOT TELL PEOPLE TILL YOU GET YOUR PRIZE FOR SECURITY REASONS.
3.DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL,CONTACT YOUR REGIONAL CLAIMS MANAGEMENT.
4.WE HAVE TAKEN THESE MEASURES TO PROTECT YOU FROM SHAMELESS LOTTERY
FRAUD ARTISTS WITHOUT OFFICIAL WEBSITES AND TO ENSURE THAT YOUR LOTTERY
PRIZE IS PAID TO YOU FULLY,SMOOTHLY AND INSTANTLY.
5.PRIZES ARE FIXED DEPOSITED,SEALED WITHOUT DEDUCTION OR TAMPERING WITH
PRIZES FOR ANY REASON AT ALL AND ARE RECEIVED IN UNITED STATES DOLLARS
ONLY.PRIZES ARE PAYABLE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
To file for your claim,fill this confirmation form carefully and send
to your regional claims office: firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICE PHONE NUMBER:
HOME PHONE NUMBER:
METHOD OF PAYMENT
BANK TO BANK TRANSFER:?
SET FOR HAPPY LIFE!
Hon.Sir Jet Gregory,Oversea Director
Hon Kevin Rudd,(Prime Minister)Chief Director
Hon. Eric Abetz,(Senator)Chief Coordinator
Judith Adams(Western Australia),coordinator
Rod R. Blagojevich,Oversea Director
Carolyn Wright, Superintendent
John White, Oversea Coordinator.
7,000,000 REASONS TO BE THANKFUL!
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