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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 17:27:08 +0200
Subject: CATEGORY .A. GRAND PRIZE WINNER
OLYMPIA LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL B.V
CALLE LEGANES 12A, 28923
MADRID - SPAIN
DATE: 24th,SEPTEMBER 2004
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD..
BATCH: EGGS-019-863-014: REFERENCE: 612/142/1PD
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION.
This is to inform you of the release of the OLYMPIA LOTTERY
held on the 12th of SEPTEMBER 2004. The results were released
on the 18th, SEPTEMBER, 2004. Your email address was attached to ticket
701-491-711-512 with serial number 219-912-209-751 that drew the lucky
numbers of 917-215-899-09-798, which consequently won the lottery in the
You are therefore been approved for a lump sum of payment of dollars
1,200,000.00 (ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, in cash
credited to file with REF:Nº.EGS/7612-2909/3128. This is from US
$75,000,000.00 (SEVENTY FIVE MILLION US DOLLARS) in cash among the 16
participating finalist playing 6,000 full tickets.
Your fund is now deposited with our Security Company and insured in
your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep
this award from public notice untill your claims has been processed and
the money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming of unwarranted taking advantage of this
program by participants as it has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from26,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and
South America, Middle East and Africa as part of our International
Promotions Program. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize
in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery claims , please contact
foreign service manager
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than two weeks from
the day you receive this notification. Any claim not made before this date
will be returned to our suspence account. And also be informed that 2% of
winning belongs to your agent because they are the company that bought
your ticket and played the lottery on your name, NOTE this 2% will be
remitted. After you have received your winnings prize because the money
is insured in your name already.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every
correspondence with us or your claim agent. furthermore, should there be
any change of address, please do inform your claim agent as soon as
possible. A copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate
will be sent to OUR foreign service manager MR,Garvin Marcus.
Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part
of our International promotions program. we wish you continued good
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