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Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 13:11:17 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS/FINAL NOTIFICATION
FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD
RESULTS FOR THIRD CATEGORY DRAWS
After a successful completion of the third category draws of HOLLANDS
CASINO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held on 29th June,2004. we are pleased
to inform you of the official announcement today, 22nd July 2004,
that you have emerged one of the winners of the HOLLANDS CASINO
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, which is part of our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies from
Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and
New Zealand as part of our International Promotions Program.
You/Your Company, attached to ticket number714-5-9827, with serial
number 17/38/NHC drew the lucky numbers 11, 16, 29, 36, 38, 42 and
consequently won in the Third Category.
You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of US$1,000,000.00 in
cash, which is the winning payout for third
category winners. This is from the total prize money of
US$8,000,000.00 shared among the eight international winners in the
Your fund is now deposited with our assigned BANKING/SECURITY
COMPANY insured in your name.
To avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you
keep this award strictly from public notice until the entire process
of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds
remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this
We also wish to bring to your notice our Next promotion program which
is the high stakes lottery draw where you stand a chance of winning
up to US$10 million; we hope that with a part of your prize you
Please contact your claims agent immediately, to begin your claims
Foreign Department Manager,
HOLLANDS CASINO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice.
Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than 10th
August, 2004.after this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed
NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember
to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one
of your correspondence with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: HCL/N351215060/15
BATCH NUMBER: 20/1270/NHT
SECURITY FILE NUMBER: 76650987
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being
Part of our promotions program.
Mrs Celina Howards
HOLLANDS CASINO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact
your claims agent.