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Fraud email example:
From: "E.A.A.S Lottery" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 06:54:06 +0100
Subject: YOU HAVE WON
E.A.A.S Lottery Headquarters:
580 N. Tenth Street
Sacramento, CA 85914
Euro - Afro Asian Sweepstake Lottery
an Affiliate of Watergate International
Arena Complex Km 18 Route de Rufisque
I.P.P Award Dept.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro - Afro Asian Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 10th of June 2004 in Dakar Senegal. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 1-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,500,000.00 (Two million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of US $ 25 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty (10) lucky winners in this category.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by our security firm in amsterdam,holland.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr. Presley Walters
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
AFRO-ASIAN Zonal Coordinator