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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: sama lakk <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:56:01 +0000
Subject: South African FIFA 2010 World Cup Organizing Lottery Promotion
South African FIFA 2010 World Cup Organizing Lottery Promotion
CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!! CONGRATULATION!!!
Ref No: BTD/988/04
Dear Lucky Winner,
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of One Million British Pounds [£1, 000,000.00]. This is in line with our promotion for the world-cup come 2010. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
This promotion is sponsored by the Federation International Football Association [FIFA] and approved, licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).
To file for your claim, please contact your Claiming Agent immediately.
Name: Mr. Clement Tomo
Tel: +27 781 441 814
KINDLY CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT DIRECTLY ON FOR FURTHER DIRECTIVES.
Please provide the following details for processing of your claim.
1, Names in full:
2, Country of Residing:
4, Residential Address:
5, Date of Birth/Age:
6, Marital Statue/Sex:
8, Mobile No:
11, Amount Won:
12, Email address:
13, Ref No:
14, Winning No:
LOTTERY PROMOTION 2010 WORLD-CUP