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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: james anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2008 08:28:51 +0200
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today 8th July 2008 of winners of the PRESTIGIOUS LOTTERY S.A., PROGRAMS held 3rd July 2008.Your winning email address,is attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459,with serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-21-54-37-10-43,and consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$3,000.000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO.AMXXL/25041238013/03.
This is from total prize money of US$51,000,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a collation of email addreses belonging to all frequent internet users from all over the world from Australia, New Zealand, America,Europe, North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted bia-annually.
Your funds is now deposited with our corresponding bank,and would be transferd to you as soon as i hear from you. 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 designated account or send to me your prefarence as regards your desired method of transfer of your funds to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participantsof this program. We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.3billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent VIA
EMAIL; MR JAMES ANDERSON,( email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] ) or you call him on this number :+27-73-5576161
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
AFRICA PAYMENT OFFICE
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK,0083
P.O. Box 524, AUCKLANDPARK
with the above informations
which should include your FULL NAMES, AGE, SEX,MARITAL STATUS,NATIONALITY,CONTACT POSTAL ADDRESS,TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER, via this email address ( email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] )For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than one month and all funds will be returned as unclaimed, and returned back to the ENGLISH GOVERNMENT.NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in everyone of your correspondences with your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your email address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.Sincerely,
MR JAMES ANDERSON. THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, PRESTIGIOUS LOTTERY, SOUTH AFRICA.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of any of our winners will result to disqualification and please remember to forward your details to Mr.James Anderson, for the transfer of your prize winning money into your account, as you receive this mail immediately. with this email address's ( email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] )
Mr solomon Williams.
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