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Fraud email example:
From: "SUPERIOR LOTTERY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 21:15:35 +0200
220 RIVONIA ROAD DURBAN,
KWAZULU NATAL,SOUTH AFRICA
FROM: PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We wish to inform you of the lott! ery draws held on 22ND
September 2004 to declare the winners of the SUPERIOR LOTTERY PROMOTIONS.
Your company, attached to ticket number 356-00098-3211-222, with
serialnumber 818-09 drew the lucky numbers 14-41-25-19-49-37, and
consequently won the lottery. You have therefore been
approved for a lump sum pay out of RANDS 15,000,000.00 in cash
credited to file REF NO: ZAR/58224059/2004. This is
from total prize money of RANDS 210,000,000.00 shared
among the seventeen international winners in this
category. All participants wer! e selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from 17,000 names from Australia,New
Zealand, America, Europe and Middle
East and Asia as part of our International Promotions
Program, which is conducted monthly.
Your fund is now available for claim. Due! to the mix
up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award
strictly from public notice until your claim has been
processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this
promotion. We hope with a part of you prize, you will
participate in our end of year high stakes ZAR
100,000,000 Million International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent;
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
For due processing and remittance of your p! rize money
to a designated account of your choice. Remember,all prize money must
be claimed not laterthan Two Wee! ks after notice. 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 in every one of your correspondences with your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your address do inform
your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you
for being part of our promotions program.
JULIAN DE KLARK
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
SUPERIOR LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES