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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 23:35:21 +0200
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE.
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTO WINNING
we are pleased to inform you from SANLAM LOTTERY ORG.of the
today Friday the,24th September,2004 as one of the lucky winners of
The Sanlam Lottery Org draws, held on Saturday 15th September,2004 as
part of Our e-business promotional draws.
Participants in the draws were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 2,500,000 e-mail addresses of individuals and companies from
Africa, America, Asia,Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of
our electronic business Promotions Program.
You qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting various websites
we are running the Electronic-business promotions for.You/Your Company e-mail
address, attached with REFERENCE NUMBER:ZAR 23457677/2004 BATCH
NUMBER:79-124-WAN with serial number 818-09 drew the lucky numbers 2-9-22-23-24-30
and consequently won in the second quarter of the 2004 year draw.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$2,200,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for First category winners.
This is from the total prize money of US$15,000,000.00 shared among the seven
winners in the First category.
Your winnings should be claimed from our paying Agents. (Greenland
Finance Limited) As we have notified them. Due to the mixup that may
arise from emails of winners and numbers we ask that you keep this
award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your
money remitted to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of
year (2004) high stakes US$1.1 billion International Lottery.To begin your claim,
please contact our paying agent/company who also Will be your claims
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER
GREENLAND FINANCE LIMITED.
TEL:+27-72 0133 438
FAX:+27-72 0133 439
For due processing and remittance of your prize money, Remember you
must contact your claim agent not later than 30th Sept,2004. After this date, all
funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of
your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: ZAR 23457677/2004
BATCH NUMBER: 79-124-WAN
Also to begin your Claim send to your claims agent the following
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS
2) FULL NAMES
3) MAILING ADDRESS
4) PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
5) AMOUNT WON.
6) A COPY OF ID/DRIVERS LICENCE
Congratulations once again from all our staff.
THE AWARDS MANAGER,
SANLAM LOTTERY ORG.SOUTH AFRICA.
9 CHURCH STREET
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.