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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: William Dudusab <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 15:58:14 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! contact your agent immediately
DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS DEPARTMENT
AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES
Date: * 3rd of September 2008*
*ATTENTION:* Lucky Recipient,
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the *3rd of *
*Septemeber 2008* from the Australian International Lottery programme, which
is fully based on an electronic selecti on of winners using their email
addresses from some site. Your email address was attached to ticket number;
Ref: *575061725 *Batch:* 80356490902*, serial number *67749137002*.This
batch draws the lucky numbers as follows *1-2-26-30-40-21* bonus number 21,
which consequently won the lottery in the second category. You hereby have
been approved a lump sum pay of *US$400,000.00* (FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND
DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: *ILP/HW 46704/03* from the total cash
prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category.
All participants 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 and Oceania as part of our
international promotions program which is conducted annually. This Lottery
was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies
as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities
where they have operational base.
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our African
representative office in Nigeria, Abudja, as indicated in your play coupon
and your prize of US$400,000 will be released to you from this regional
branch office in NIGERIA. We hope with part of your prize, you will
participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Million international
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
Simply contact our Regional Claims Office under the African Payment
Centerwhere your winning falls.
Contact Person: *Rev. John Roland (RCA)*
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 unofficial personnel.
Note: All winnings must be claimed before * 3rd of October 2008* otherwise
all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually to the Australian
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
Mr. William Dudusab(Coordinator)
Australian Lottery Inc.
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT:
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO
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